Quantum technology hub QuantIC has received a £28 million funding boost from the UKRI’s Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council.
The investment will enable the centre, led by the University of Glasgow, to continue its research into emerging technologies and develop new partnerships over the next five years.
QuantIC brings together the Universities of Glasgow, Bristol, Edinburgh, Heriot-Watt and Strathclyde, and will also include a host of English universities in its next phase of activities.
The funding for this second phase is part of a £94 million UK Government investment announced yesterday by science minister Chris Skidmore. The government funding aims to foster closer ties between the UK’s Quantum Technology Hubs and businesses – bringing together academics and industry.
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Commenting on the funding announcement, QuantIC director Professor Steve Beaumont said: “We are pleased to have the support of EPSRC for our second phase of work at QuantIC.
“We’ve had an enormously successful first five years, making significant technological breakthroughs and forging 39 project partnerships with industry across the UK. We’ve also worked hard to encourage the next generation of pioneering quantum engineers, investing more than half a million pounds in 12 industry-led studentships.”
QuantIC has pioneered new ways to make ‘the invisible visible’ through quantum technologies. To date, the hub’s major research successes include the development of QuantiCAM; a digital camera which is capable of capturing photons 10,000 times faster than conventional cameras.
The centre has also developed groundbreaking cameras capable of imaging feats such as looking around corners and seeing clearly through smoke.
Over the next five years, QuantIC will continue its pioneering work to develop imaging systems that shift the way imaging occurs, such as the ability to see directly inside the human body and also quantum radars that cannot be jammed or confused by other radars around them.
Professor Miles Padgett, principal investigator at QuantIC, said: “When QuantIC started up in 2014, we had 30 industry partners. Today, we actively engage with more than 70 companies, an expansion of our user network which we’re immensely proud of.
“It shows that there is huge commercial potential for the kind of quantum-enhanced technologies we’re working on. We’re delighted that we’ve received the funding we need to continue helping the UK keep its place on the world stage in cutting-edge research and development.”