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Measurement for Quantum

Removing barriers to innovation

Access specialist science and engineering expertise at no charge 

Measurement for Quantum is a leading NPL programme which provides up to 20 days of specialist quantum measurement expertise to solve your business’s measurement challenges at no charge.  

Through Measurement for Quantum, NPL helps companies bridge the gap from technology prototype to industry-ready new product or service. 

To date, over two thirds of companies who have participated in the M4Q programme have reported that their commercial opportunity has increased as a direct result of their M4Q project. Half of respondents also expect to see increased sales in new or existing markets. NPL supports innovation by helping companies bring new products to market quickly and reliably, which delivers the confidence required for investment. 

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The project was excellent and hyper-effective. It introduced us to measurement possibilities we hadn’t considered, delivering huge value to our new product’s calibration and ongoing R&D, and hopefully it’s long-term commercial success. Without NPL’s expertise and access to the full range of cutting-edge measurement options, this important work may not have gone ahead, or succeeded.

Xiao Ai - Co-founder and CTO at QLM Technology

How Measurement for Quantum can help your company

Measurement for Quantum helps boosts resilience and competitiveness by bringing together world-leading quantum scientists, engineers and facilities to address problems in innovative ways. 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. The Measurement for Quantum 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. 

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

  • timing  
  • sensing 
  • communications 
  • materials 
  • computing 
  • electrical metrology 

Get in touch with us to learn more about how we can help and to discuss your requirements. 

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NPL's quantum capabilities

Eligibility 

To be eligible to apply, you must be: 

  • A UK company registered at Companies House 
  • Within your Minimal Financial Assistance allocation (previously referred to as Special Drawing Rights) of less than £315,000 of government funding over a rolling three-year financial period 

The Measurement for Quantum programme does not support standard measurement and test services available commercially by NPL or other suppliers. 

This is a specialist area so please contact us if you would like to discuss your requirements and challenges prior to your application. 

How to apply

Applying for the Measurement for Quantum programme is simple: it takes just minutes to complete via a single online form.  

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Without the results of our work on the Measurement for Quantum Scheme, it was difficult for us to provide robust evidence to back up our commercial claims. The guaranteed performance figures we now have are a critical step on our route to developing a truly disruptive technology. We simply could not have done this ourselves, and the detailed results from this work are already helping us to increase commercial opportunities in new markets.

David Cruickshank, Principal Engineer - Metrosol Ltd

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Empowering nanoscale precision: First Graphene breakthrough in conductivity measurement

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Elevating precision in industrial thermometry

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Validating the effectiveness of thermal paints at high temperatures and humidity

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Characterising vapour cells for ultra-accurate atomic clocks

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Visualising greenhouse gas emissions

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Increasing the scalability of cryogenic interconnects for quantum computing

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One step closer to mass-market quantum technology adoption

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Our research and measurement solutions support innovation and product development. We work with companies to deliver business advantage and commercial success.
Contact our Customer Services team on +44 20 8943 7070