Measurement for Quantum - M4Q
Measurement for Quantum - M4Q

Measurement for Quantum

Removing barriers to innovation

Accelerating the development of quantum products and services in the UK

Measurement for Quantum is an NPL programme to provide quantum measurement advice and short-term measurement projects to companies at no charge. It will help bridge the gap from a technology prototype in a research environment to an industry-ready, innovative new product or service.

Measurement for Quantum will enable new products to be brought to market more quickly and reliably.

As the UK’s National Metrology Institute with a strong quantum capability, NPL is uniquely placed to provide the independent testing required by the sector.  This programme will help the UK to be an international leader in the industrialisation of quantum technology and increase the speed of return on investment for businesses and Government.

Measurement for Quantum provides:

  • Access to scientific experts and their laboratory facilities
  • A maximum provision of 20 days specialist advice per project – this covers the NPL experts' time and facilities, and is not a financial grant to the company
  • Analysis, results and reports completed within the allocated days.

NPL can provide measurements, consultancy and advice in the following areas of quantum technology:

  • Small current and quantum noise measurements
  • Measurement of material-induced noise in superconducting quantum circuits
  • Nanoscale imaging of physical properties for applications in quantum devices
  • Characterisation of compact lasers and other photonic components
  • Characterisation of single-photon sources and detectors
  • Semiconductor optoelectronic devices characterisation and analysis
  • Cryogenic-temperature semiconductor device characterisation

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Supporting UK companies

To be eligible to apply, you must be:

  • A UK company registered at Companies House
  • Within your de minimis allocation (less than € 200,000 of government funding over a three-year period)

  • Please note that this programme does not pay for standard measurement and test services available commercially from NPL or other suppliers. If you are interested, please apply using our online form. We aim to respond to you within 3 working days.

    Apply here

    The research we carried out together has made a direct impact on CQC’s products and has helped the company establish itself as one of the leading players in the UK Quantum Technology industry. None of this would have happened without the energy and insight of NPL’s scientists, and we hope to continue and deepen this collaboration in the future.

    Ross Duncan - CQC Chief Scientist for Quantum Chemistry Software

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