|1 March 2016|

UK

The UK government will invest over £200 million to drive research into quantum technologies and support PhD students in engineering and physical sciences, it was announced today.

UK Universities Minister Jo Johnson outlined details of the funding package, which will see an investment of £167 million in Doctoral Training Partnerships and a £37 million investment in the UK’s National Quantum Technologies Programme.

The funding for quantum technologies will further boost the UK’s leading position in creating new technologies which use advanced physics to deliver products for anything from more accurate brain-scanning and earlier Alzheimer’s diagnosis to smaller and more powerful computers.

Jo Johnson said: “We are committed to securing the UK’s position as a world leader in science and innovation. The government is ensuring major new discoveries happen here, such as the creation of super-powerful quantum computers which scientists are working on in Oxford. This new funding builds on our protection for science spending by supporting research in our world-leading universities and helping to train the science leaders of tomorrow.”

The £37 million funding includes investing £25 million in new equipment at 7 university-based quantum institutions, and £12 million to help train researchers starting out their careers in quantum engineering. Together they will help ensure the UK is in a leading position to benefit from the huge potential of quantum engineering for major global industries like computing and consumer electronics.

The UK’s quantum technologies programme develops important relationships with EU partners, and this funding will further strengthen the position of UK scientists, who are able to access a much broader range of academic research through the EU. This has also led to key investment in UK discoveries from European companies like Airbus.