Greg Clark, Minister of State for Universities, Science and Cities, announced today that a new Quantum Imaging Hub, led by the University of Glasgow, will receive £29 million in funding over the next five years from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and a Quantum Sensors and Metrology Hub led by the University of Birmingham will receive £80 million.
The James Watt Nanofabrication Centre is a key partner in the both these quantum technology hubs led by the Universities of Glasgow - the UK Quantum Technology Hub for Quantum Enhanced Imaging and Birmingham - the UK Quantum Technology Hub for Sensors and Metrology.
Greg Clark, Minister of State for Universities, Science and Cities, announced the funding of four Quantum Technology Hubs during a visit to the University of Birmingham today. He said: “The UK National Quantum Technologies Programme demonstrates the Government’s commitment to keeping the UK in the vanguard of progress in science.
"The Hubs I am announcing today form the most significant part of this £270 million, coordinated programme that links those pushing the boundaries of knowledge to the people and mechanisms that can exploit new discoveries and create scientific, economic and social impact."
The Quantum Imaging and the Sensors and Metrology Hubs are two of four quantum technology hubs unveiled by the minister today that will be supported by the UK government’s £270 million National Quantum Technology Programme announced by the Chancellor, George Osborne in his Autumn Statement of 2013.
Professor Philip Nelson, EPSRC’s Chief Executive said: “These new Hubs will to build on our previous investments in quantum science. They will draw together scientists, engineers and technologists from across the UK who will explore how we can exploit the intriguing properties of the quantum realm. The area offers great promise, and the Hubs will keep the UK at the leading edge of this exciting field."
The capabilities in Quantum Technologies offer potentially transformative impacts in key areas such as quantum metrology & sensors; quantum simulators; quantum computers and quantum secure communications. The four hubs are led by the Universities of Birmingham, Glasgow, Oxford and York.
The UK National Quantum Technologies Programme aims to ensure the successful transition of quantum technologies from laboratory to industry. The programme is delivered by EPSRC, Innovate UK, BIS, NPL, GCHQ, DSTL and the KTN.
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