National Quantum Computing Centre


UK Research and Innovation, through the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), is leading a programme to establish the National Quantum Computing Centre (NQCC) as part of phase 2 of the National Quantum Technologies Programme (NQTP). The NQCC represents a £93m investment over 5 years and will establish 4 key technology work streams.

4 Key Technology
Work Streams

100+ qubit NISQ demonstrator hardware platform(s)

Quantum software, algorithm & applications development

High performance, scalable qubit technology development

Roadmap and architecture towards fault-tolerant general purpose quantum computing

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A landmark facility

Artist's impression of the view from outside the National Quantum Computing Centre building, looking across the forecourt

Image courtesy of Hawkins/Brown

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A space to collaborate

Artist's impression of the first floor collaboration space through the south spine of the National Quantum Computing Centre building.

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A place to innovate

An aerial view of Harwell Campus in Oxfordshire, a 700-acre site which is home to world-class national research facilities and industry clusters - an ideal location for the National Quantum Computing Centre

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Innovation & Outreach

Innovation will be at the core of the NQCC’s activities. The NQCC seeks to work with partners across industry, government and the research community, supporting the development of the wider ecosystem for quantum computing in the UK.

What is Quantum Computing?

Opportunities to collaborate

Meet the NQCC teams

The leadership team are responsible for the design of the Centre, including its operating model, engagement strategy, the process to determine technology priorities and the design of the building.

As part of their work, they will engage broadly with key stakeholders in government, academia and industry to establish a user community, create a roadmap for the development programme and establish the Centre at the heart of the UK’s quantum computing community. The team brings together expertise and experience from across the UK’s quantum technology sector.

To support the governance and delivery of the NQCC, the leadership team are supported by a UKRI Programme Delivery Team and an external Programme Advisory Committee.

Leadership Team

Programme Advisory Committee



The primary purpose of the NQCC is to fill a key gap in the research and innovation landscape by providing a capability to address the challenge of scaling quantum computing. It will convene all necessary stakeholders across academia, business and government to achieve this.

The NQCC’s initial five years will focus on developing a Noisy Intermediate Scale Quantum (NISQ) machine to demonstrate the technology, give assured and direct access to developers and promote the formation of a strong UK-based quantum computing supply chain, whilst driving efforts towards a fully scalable, fault tolerant, general purpose quantum computer over the longer term, enabling the creation of increasingly powerful quantum computers.

The NQCC will build on the strength in quantum computing that the UK has established through the first phase of its National Quantum Technologies Programme (NQTP) and will be a key part of the wider UK quantum computing landscape, including the Quantum Technologies Research Hubs; quantum challenges and programmes within the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund; doctoral training; and the activities of industry in this area.