Mapping the quantum landscape in the UK – from training and capabilities to research activities and active businesses.
The increase of quantum activity in the UK and the push of the national strategy to commercialising quantum sciences and technologies has led to the development of a large number of industrial and research capabilities.
The Quantum Technology Innovation Network at KTN has recently gathered these capabilities in the form of an interactive, searchable and open access tool, mapping the existing businesses, publicly funded projects and research groups, the UK national centres and the available postgraduate training programmes. The quantum team at KTN is aspiring for this tool to become a point of reference for quantum capabilities in the UK, allowing every user to find a suitable contact point from academia and/or industry.
What does this tool reveal to you and how can it support your quantum activities?
The landscape map currently lists 204 businesses from quantum technology developers, consultancies, end users, supply chain and innovation networks.
The map also allows a refined search on areas of expertise and capabilities, by funded organisation, region and by type of funding entity. We have also gathered a list of 160 research groups and universities across the UK with links to their contact details and their research interests.
The research capabilities in quantum technologies are mainly focused within six big national centres, namely the four Quantum Hubs, the National Quantum Computing Centre (NQCC) and the Quantum Metrology Institute of the National Physical Laboratory.
Training next generation quantum engineers and scientists is very crucial to speeding the adoption of quantum sciences and technologies by the society and industry. We have therefore provided a list of 32 active postgraduate training centres including centres for doctoral training, doctoral training. programmes and training and skills hubs.
We encourage your feedback and will keep updating this tool with new and relevant information.
Please get in touch with the quantum technologies team.
Current Quantum Landscape funding opportunities
Innovate UK Smart Grants: July 2022
Opens: 28/07/2022 Closes: 26/10/2022
UK registered organisations can apply for a share of up to £25 million for game-changing and commercially viable R&D innovation that can significantly impact the UK economy. This funding is from Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation.
Women in Innovation Awards 2022/23
Opens: 22/08/2022 Closes: 19/10/2022
Women with exciting, innovative ideas who will inspire others can apply for an award which includes a £50,000 grant and bespoke business support.
Knowledge transfer partnerships (KTP): 2022 to 2023 Round 4
Opens: 20/09/2022 Closes: 16/11/2022
UK registered academic institutions, RTOs or Catapults can apply for a share of up to £9 million to fund innovation projects with businesses or not for profits.
Related Events and Recordings
SPIE Photonex 2022 - the UK’s premier photonics exhibition
Taking place in Birmingham from 6-8 December 2022, SPIE Photonex is a leading photonics exhibition with product demos, industry presentations and technical workshops. This event will bring together 1,500 international engineers and scientists working to impact the areas of photonics, lasers, biophotonics, imaging, lasers, silicon photonics, optical technologies, vacuum components and instruments, and sensor satellite systems.
Save the Date: Quantum Showcase 2022
Innovate UK KTN is pleased to announce that The UK National Quantum Technologies Showcase will return live on 11 November 2022 at the Queen Elizabeth II Centre in London.