Quantum Technologies in the USA 2019
In November 2019, an Expert Mission travelled to Washington DC, Colorado and California, following on from a smaller group who visited the Boston area in September. These missions sought to inform the UK’s international strategy for quantum technologies by exploring the US quantum landscape and examining opportunities to collaborate with US organisations. This report summarises the information and insights gathered during the delegation’s time in the US.
Abstract from outcome report:
The UK National Quantum Technology Programme (UKNQTP) brings together academia, industry and government in a coordinated drive towards commercial applications, across quantum sensing, imaging, communications and computing. Now entering its second five-year phase, with committed and planned investment amounting to £1 billion, the programme has been a great success. But to reap the rewards, the UK must also forge links with the right international partners: not only universities and research organisations, but also global companies which can provide access to markets and finance. Unsurprisingly, the USA is exceptionally strong in quantum science and technology. It leads the world in quantum computing, which could have the most profound impact of all quantum technologies: both as a threat to secure data transmission and as a tool that can solve many problems impossible for conventional computers.
About Global Expert Missions
The Global Expert Missions (GEM) programme is funded by Innovate UK and designed to build international collaborations with governments, societies, enterprises, institutions, and people from every corner of the globe. With global challenges requiring international perspectives, the programme aims to support the UK government’s ambition to be the international partner of choice and a global hub for innovation by 2035.