2021 Highlight Call on QC announcement

Four exciting Proof of Concept projects awarded under the Highlight Call on Quantum Computing

3 March 2022

The National Quantum Computing Centre is pleased to announce the winning projects for the 2021 Proof of Concept calls.

The NQCC is pleased to announce four winning projects under a Highlight Call on Quantum Computing (QC), delivered in partnership with the Science & Technology Facilities Council (STFC). This Highlight Call is part of a wider Cross-cluster Proof of Concept Grant call, which aims to stimulate industry engagement and interactions with the NQCC, as well as the organisations in the Space, Energy, Health, and Digital Tech clusters associated with the Harwell and Sci-Tech Daresbury campuses. The four winning Quantum Computing projects include studies looking at:

  • the innovation of key components to support hardware development;  a project led by Duality Quantum Photonics Ltd entitled Integrated Photonics for Ion-Trap Quantum Computing
  • the automation of control elements of the stack to support scaling; a project consortium led by QuantrolOx Ltd generating control software to automatically tune and optimise Qubits
  • taking the first steps towards a publicly accessible database of the quantum complexity of modelling key materials systems; a project led by Phasecraft Ltd to support useful application development in material science
  • demonstrating the potential useful application of NISQ-era machines for Machine Learning (ML); a project led by ORCA Computing Limited which will model how time domain photonic quantum computing hardware could be applied to image recognition problems

The winning projects for the 2021 call

Lead Organisation Project Partners Project Title
Duality Quantum Photonics National Quantum Computing Centre (NQCC) Integrated photonics for ion trap quantum computing
Orca Computing National Quantum Computing Centre (NQCC) Photonic Quantum Time-bin processing for image recognition
Phasecraft Scientific Computing Department, STFC The materials modelling quantum complexity database: first steps towards a quantum materials genome programme
QuantrolOx Department of Materials, University of Oxford;
National Quantum Computing Centre (NQCC)
Proof of concept for automated control software for quantum technologies to tune, stabilise and optimise qubits
IOT Horizon Enercret Ltd;
Campus Technology Hub, STFC
A Smart Building System to improve occupant health and energy efficiency
Decently Innovation Agency North West Coast;
The Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust;
Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust;
The Hartree Centre
Riskify: Proof-of-concept project for enabling better care of patients and staff through the digitalisation of clinical risk assessments and use of advanced data analytics.
Novit AI Archangel Imaging Ltd. Sea++
Daresbury Proteins Ltd University of Liverpool Mature recombinant Bone Morphogenetic Proteins produced in mammalian cells for biotherapeutic applications in Regenerative Medicine.
Finden ISIS Neutron and Muon Source, STFC; Accelerating neutron tomography with applied deep learning
Archangel Lightworks SSC Space UK Ltd Optical Communications Integration – Archangel Lightworks & SSC UK
LMO Nammo (U.K.) Ltd Innovative Propellant Tanks for Microsat Applications