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UKRI injects £45m into quantum projects

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UK Science Minister, George Freeman. Image credit London Tech Week

UK Science Minister, George Freeman has revealed £45m in funding for quantum technology projects from UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).

The bulk of the support (£25m) is going towards seven positioning, navigation and timing quantum projects.

It follows the £54m of funding announced this morning by tech secretary Chloe Smith for AI research by universities also from UKRI at London Tech Week.

“Our exceptional researchers, businesses and innovators are continuously pushing the boundaries of Quantum Technology development, placing the UK at the leading edge of this field,” said Will Drury, executive director of digital and technologies at Innovate UK.

An Imperial College London sensor, which would be capable of operating underwater or underground and a quantum compiler from the University of Oxford are in line for financing from UKRI’s Technology Missions Fund.

The quantum sensor from Imperial College London is due to depart for testing on London Underground trains.

Quantum projects working on feasibility studies and software are additionally receiving a share of the investment.

Drury said: “Together, through this support and investment, we will work in partnership to realise the potential of this technology for our UK economy and society.”

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