A new generation of quantum technology based systems, exploiting effects such as superposition and entanglement, will
enable widespread, highly disruptive applications which are expected to be of great economic significance. However, the
technology is only just emerging from the physics laboratory and generally remains at low TRLs. The question is: where,
and when, will this impact be first manifest?
The UK, with substantial Government backing, has embarked on an ambitious national program to accelerate the process
of technology transfer with the objective of seizing a significant and sustainable share of the future economic benefit for
Many challenges and uncertainties remain but the combined and co-ordinated efforts of Government, Industry and
Academia are making great progress. The level of collaboration is unusually high and the goal of embedding a “QT
Ecosystem” in the UK looks to be attainable.
This paper describes the UK national programme, its key players, and their respective roles. It will illustrate some of the
likely first commercial applications and provide a status update. Some of the challenges that might prevent realisation of
the goal will be highlighted.