SBRI: Quantum Networks, Enabling Components & Systems
£1m - £2m
This is a Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) competition funded by Innovate UK.
The aim of the competition is to accelerate the development of enabling components and systems for quantum network technologies and to build UK leadership in the emerging global market.
This is a single-phase competition.
Our communications networks are increasing in capacity and complexity as our economy becomes increasingly underpinned by data. Quantum network technologies will transform how we secure, handle and process our information to meet these challenges, build resilient communications, and make quantum computers scalable and usable.
In this competition, you must:
Your project must use second-generation quantum technologies which are defined as those involving the generation and coherent control of quantum states, resulting in phenomena such as superposition or entanglement. Innovate UK consider technologies involving single photon generation and detection to be in scope.
This competition is not suitable for feasibility studies.
Innovate UK encourage projects that:
Contracts will be given to successful applicants.
You must demonstrate a credible and practical route to market, so your application must include a plan to commercialise your results.
Innovate UK will not fund projects that:
To lead a project, you can:
Contracts will be awarded to a single legal entity only. However, if you can justify subcontracting components of the work, you can engage specialists or advisers. This work will still be the responsibility of the main contractor.
A total of up to £10 million, inclusive of VAT, is allocated to this competition.
Research and development
Your application must have at least 50% of the contract value attributed directly and exclusively to R&D services, including solution exploration and design. R&D can also include prototyping and field-testing the product or service. This lets you incorporate the results of your exploration and design and demonstrate that you can produce in quantity to acceptable quality standards.
R&D does not include: