This strategic package award will allow the successful candidate to undertake an ambitious programme of research in quantum software and algorithms focusing on their applications.
As part of the strategic package, you will spend a minimum of 30% full-time equivalent (FTE) on secondment to the NQCC in the role of Chief Scientist.
In total, 50 to 100% FTE time can be requested through this funding opportunity.
As Chief Scientist, the successful applicant will use current research results to steer and advise on areas of high potential for the NQCC and contributions to the wider UK quantum computing landscape.
You will be part of the NQCC team and will make a key contribution in shaping and influencing the future UK quantum computing landscape, meeting the strategic aims of the National Quantum Technologies Programme (NQTP) (as set out in the NQTP strategic intent (PDF, 10.6MB)) and the NQCC technology roadmap (PDF, 2.9MB).
Specifically, the successful candidate will:
- contribute to ensuring capability for the UK in quantum computing
- lead an ambitious research programme in quantum software and algorithms to support the UK in this area of national importance
- provide an enhanced network in quantum software and algorithms for the NQCC to work with and provide expertise and value
- contribute towards achieving the aspirations of the NQTP strategic intent around talent retention in the UK by building capacity in this research area
- provide expert advice to the NQCC and build further links between academia, industry and government in an area of strategic importance for the UK.
You must have a collaboration agreement in place between your institution and the NQCC within six months of the grant starting.
Full details of the secondment and role within the NQCC will be discussed with the NQCC leadership team following the successful awarding of the grant.
Informal discussions with the NQCC Director, Michael Cuthbert (in advance of submitting the application to fully understand expectations for the secondment) are strongly encouraged.
Proposals should be for three years in duration.
The proposal should detail:
- plans for the research programme and how the applicant intends to work with any project partners
- evidence of strong links with academia and industry in the research area
- planned time commitment to the NQCC secondment and how they will add value to the NQCC technology programme
- the research environment at the university in the particular research area
- details of the university’s financial commitment to the candidate and strategic package
- evidence of the applicant’s communications skills, and strong leadership, interpersonal and influencing skills
- plans for positive impact on UK research in their own field and expectation of a positive influence on a broader cohort of researchers
- management and risk mitigation plans for the programme of work.
This funding opportunity is a strategic intervention by EPSRC to support an individual working in quantum computing to carry out a research programme whilst in tandem, providing trusted advice and leadership to shape the wider UK quantum computing agenda.
This funding opportunity is targeted at those with expertise in quantum software and algorithms, and their applications.
Funding is available to support one successful applicant to carry out an ambitious research programme for the duration of three years, alongside a secondment to the NQCC where they will actively contribute to the shaping of the NQCC programme and wider quantum computing strategy for the UK.
Funding for costs associated with the secondment should be included as part of the proposal.
Between 50% and 100% of applicant time can be applied for on the strategic package award with a minimum of 30 % FTE to be spent on the secondment to NQCC (irrespective of the total % FTE time requested).
Example scenarios include:
- an applicant can request a total of 50% FTE of which 30% FTE is spent on secondment to NQCC
- an applicant can request a total of 100% FTE of which 30% FTE is spend on secondment to NQCC
- a candidate can request a total of 100% FTE of which 50% FTE is spent on secondment to NQCC.
This is not an exhaustive list of options. You should request time as is appropriate to your situation and proposed programme of research.
The total value of the strategic package proposal should not exceed £2 million.
EPSRC will fund 80% of the full economic cost of proposals, with the research organisation funding the remaining 20%.
Equipment over £10,000 in value (including VAT) is not available through this funding opportunity.
Smaller items of equipment (individually under £10,000) should be in the ‘Directly incurred – other costs’ heading.
Up to £500,000 of in-kind contribution from NQCC comprising provision of access to quantum computing resources (including third party prototypes, simulators and high performance compute) will be made available on successful award of the grant. This should be discussed directly with the NQCC Director.
Find out more information about EPSRC’s approach to equipment funding.
You are expected to work within the EPSRC framework for responsible innovation.
If you are planning to include international collaborators on your proposal, you should visit Trusted Research for guidance on getting the most out of international collaboration whilst protecting intellectual property, sensitive research and personal information.