NQCC programme

The NQCC is a flagship programme of UK Research and Innovation that seeks to drive the development and exploitation of quantum computers in the UK.

Driving forward the UK’s quantum computing mission

The NQCC is leading an ambitious programme of activities that aims to accelerate the technology roadmap for quantum computing in the UK. It is working alongside government, industry and the research community to drive technical innovation, and enable the evolution of a quantum-ready economy. We aim to provide the training and expertise to help organisations prepare for a quantum future.

The NQCC programme

The NQCC partners with academia, government and industry to solve technology challenges and realise the benefits of quantum computers for social and economic development. The centre aims to provide research institutions and companies with early access to emerging quantum computing resources, enabling organisations in different industry sectors to explore its potential for addressing relevant use-cases and applications. In supporting the government’s ambition to establish the UK as the world’s first quantum-ready nation, the NQCC seeks to accelerate the technology roadmap towards commercialisation.

The UK National Quantum Technologies Programme

2024 marks the first decade of the UK National Quantum Technologies Programme (NQTP), a unique partnership between academia, industry, and government.  

The £1 billion programme of investment has built leading capabilities in quantum computing, sensors, imaging, communication and quantum position, navigation and timing. It has unlocked new capabilities that are making a real difference to our everyday lives, helping to bring new technologies to market and paving the way for the next generation of a highly skilled quantum workforce.  

We now have quantum computer applications which can develop new products and medicines; alternative solutions to GPS to tackle current navigation challenges; quantum-enhanced imaging devices for more accurate and speedier diagnosis of tumours; more sensitive quantum sensors for scanning brains and detecting underground infrastructure and quantum communication networks which enable faster and more efficient transfers of information.   

Backed by the Government’s £2.5 billion National Quantum Strategy, the next phase of the NQTP will build on a decade of experience to deliver a quantum-enabled economy which will boost business growth, accelerate quantum skills development and elevate research leadership by 2033.