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Quantum Technologies for Fundamental Physics (QTFP) Programme

STFC and EPSRC invite applications for research consortia to apply for funding as part of the Quantum Technologies for Fundamental Physics (QTFP) programme. This is a new programme which, building on the investments of the National Quantum Technology Programme, aims to demonstrate how the application of quantum technologies will advance the understanding of fundamental physics questions.

The programme has total funds of up to £40m. The majority of funding (c. £36 million) will be allocated to this research call, which is looking to fund up to seven projects at upwards of £2 million each (at 80% fEC). Applicants wishing to submit a proposal for a large award (>£5 million) should discuss this with STFC (contact details below) ahead of the submission.

This research call is for research consortia, i.e. joint proposals with a common research programme from groups of researchers in more than one organisation. Successful applications will require interdisciplinary research teams comprising researchers from both the fundamental physics and quantum technology communities.

The call will be open to all individuals and organisations eligible for UKRI funding. PSREs are asked to contact the office to check if they are eligible. Grants will commence on 1 May 2020 and end no later than 30 September 2023. Successful projects will be expected to show tangible outcomes and results within the lifespan of the funding.

Application process

Applicants must complete an Intention to Submit (ItS) form by 16.00 on 31 October 2019. The ItS will not be formally assessed. The ItS stage will allow STFC to evaluate fit to call scope and allow early consideration of potential reviewers and panel members. Applicants that do not register their intent to submit before the deadline will be ineligible for the call.

Full proposals must be submitted via the research council’s Joint Electronic Submissions (Je-S) system by 16.00 on 3 December 2019.

Full details of the call, including the application process, eligibility requirements, assessment process and criteria are provided in the QTFP call document.

Call documents

Key dates

(please note all dates marked * are subject to change):

Deadline for Intention to Submit 16.00, 31 October 2019
Deadline for full proposals 16.00, 3 December 2019
Full proposal postal peer review December 2019 – January 2020*
Deadline for PI response w/c 10 February 2020*
Panel meeting March 2020*


Rachel Reynolds, QTFP Programme Manager, tel: 01793 44 2832
Ed Mansfield, Assistant Programme Manager, tel: 01793 44 2162
Email: QTFP@stfc.ukri.org

Last updated: 30 September 2019


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