UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £6 million for quantum technology innovation projects funded by the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund.
Programme: Innovate UK
Award: Share of up to £6 million
Opens: 5th Aug 2019
Closes: 30th Oct 2019
The aim of the competition is to advance the commercialisation of quantum technologies in the UK. This is achieved through the investment of up to £6 million in innovation projects which address one or more of the following technical challenges:
Your proposal must identify a clear market opportunity and an innovative project which exploits it.
The project must:
Second generation quantum techniques are defined as the generation or coherent control and manipulation of quantum states, resulting in superposition and entanglement (single photon generation or detection and quantum computing are in scope).
The project must describe how project metrics will be collected. Such metrics must include.
Your project must address at least one of the following:
Innovate UK are particularly encouraging applications that:
Projects can be single or collaborative but must involve a micro, small or medium sized enterprise (SME), either as the lead or a partner.
To lead a project you must:
Research organisations cannot lead or work alone.
To collaborate your organisation must:
In a collaborative project, the lead and at least one other organisation must claim funding.
Your project can include partners that do not receive any of this competition’s funding, for example non-UK businesses. Their costs will count towards the total eligible project costs. You should make sure that your participation does not prevent any intellectual property (IP) generated by the project from being exploited in the UK.
There is up to £6 million allocated to fund innovation projects in this competition.
Your project’s total eligible costs must be below £500,000 or £50,000 for market research projects.
For feasibility studies and industrial research projects, you could get funding for your eligible project costs of:
The research organisations in your consortium can share up to 50% of the total eligible project costs. If your consortium contains more than one research organisation, this maximum is shared between them.
Projects must last between 6 and 18 months. Projects must start on or before April 2020.
Innovate UK not funding projects that do not exploit second generation quantum techniques.