GCHQ funds academic research into quantum technology
News Article - 27 Nov 2014
A new £120 million national network of Quantum Technology Hubs, that will explore the properties of quantum mechanics and how they can be harnessed for use in technology, has been announced.
The new network will involve 17 universities and 132 companies and will be funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) from the £270 million investment in the UK National Quantum Technologies Programme announced by the Chancellor, George Osborne in his Autumn Statement of 2013.
The network will consist of four hubs which were selected after a competitive peer reviewed process. They will be led by the universities of Birmingham, Glasgow, Oxford and York.
This programme will deliver a suite of research and innovation investments from a number of partners including EPSRC, Innovate UK, BIS, National Physical Laboratory (NPL), GCHQ, DSTL and the Knowledge Transfer Network.
GCHQ welcomes the announcement of the allocation of funding to the Quantum Technology hubs. The development of these new technologies will be of benefit to the UK and has the potential for major impact on the nature of cyber security.
GCHQ has been conducting its own research into "post-quantum" security and has taken the opportunity to allocate further funding to build capacity in academic research in quantum algorithms and cryptography in the UK. After competition, this funding of £500,000 has been allocated to the University of Oxford to support a new research group.
At the same time, GCHQ has released some of its own research (see S07_Groves.pdf) into the public domain to stimulate the growth of this area.