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 many industrial and research capabilities.
In 2020 the Quantum Technology Innovation Network at Innovate UK Business Connect 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. It has since been updated adding fabrication facilities and a list of quantum computers launched by companies that have operations in the UK.
To support the goals stated in the £2.5bn national quantum strategy (released in 2023), the quantum team at Innovate UK Business Connect is aspiring for this tool to become a point of reference for quantum capabilities in the UK. We are hopeful that this will allow 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 over 230 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 295 research groups situated in institutions and universities across the UK. Which contains links to their web pages and an overview of 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 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.
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