Background

The Quantum Communications Hub is part of a national network of four hubs led by the Universities of Birmingham, Glasgow, Oxford and York. The hubs represent the core investment of the UK National Quantum Technologies Programme, which aims to provide a test bed for the successful translation of quantum science into mainstream technological applications for economic benefit. The £120m initiative, part of an original (2014-2019) £270m government investment in quantum technologies announced by the then coalition government in 2013, is being delivered by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and Innovate UK, in partnership with bodies such as the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory, the National Physical Laboratory, the National Cyber Security Centre, the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, and the Knowledge Transfer Network.

In July 2019, a further £24M of renewed government funding was announced for the Quantum Communications Hub to enable the continuation of its expanded programme of work for a further five years (the so-called Phase 2 of the national programme, 2019-2024). The money is part of a renewed £94M investment in the four Hubs with additional funds committed to a National Quantum Computing Centre, fellowships and training and skills – all part of a £235M committed to quantum technologies in the 2018 autumn budget, with yet further investment provided by the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund or ISCF.

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