A British quantum computing competition seeks innovative navigation, healthcare, and telecommunications projects. The competition aims to address technical challenges and develop novel concepts, approaches, and technologies. Participants must submit a project plan, methodology, and details about their technical team and expertise. Organisations can apply for a share of £15 million to develop proposals for applying quantum technologies that address challenges of interests for the UK Government.
Project Challenge Areas
- Underground and underwater survey
- Earth observation
- Autonomous systems
- Emergency services and response
- Time and frequency dissemination
- Optimization tasks
These challenge areas are meant to guide the project’s focus and ensure it addresses a specific problem or need.
Proposed Idea or Technology
The application requires a description of the proposed idea or technology, including its current development or readiness. This information is crucial for understanding how the project meets the challenge described in the competition scope. Additionally, applicants can submit a single appendix as a PDF containing images and diagrams to support their answers.
Technical Project Summary
The article requests a summary of the main technical challenges the project is addressing. This includes an explanation of how the challenge will be addressed, the innovation involved, the main technical deliverables, and the research and development that will prove the project’s scientific, environmental, and commercial merit. The summary should also discuss what might be achieved by deploying the innovation to address the selected challenge.
Current State of the Art and Intellectual Property
Also, applicants should provide information on available similar products and how the proposed project is differentiated from them. This includes details on any existing intellectual property (IP), its significance to the project’s freedom to operate, novel concepts developed or employed, new approaches or technologies used, and new tools or technologies. This information helps assess the project’s innovation and potential market impact.
Project Plan and Methodology
Applications should also provide a detailed project plan, including main milestones, resources needed, success criteria, project management processes, and plans for establishing technical and commercial feasibility. Additionally, the plan should address the main technical, commercial, and environmental risks and their mitigation strategies. A clear plan for developing a working prototype is also required. The article also asks for information on how intellectual property (IP) issues will be handled during the project, including maintaining the freedom to operate and fulfilling IP requirements when working with subcontractors.
- The request discusses competition for projects in various challenging areas, including underground and underwater surveys, transport, navigation, earth observation, healthcare, environment, security, autonomous systems, telecommunications, emergency services and response, time and frequency dissemination, infrastructures, space, optimization tasks, etc.
- Participants must describe their proposed idea or technology, its current state of development, and how it meets the challenge described in the competition scope.
- The competition assesses projects based on criteria such as how well the proposal meets the challenge, the validity of the technical approach, innovation, project management, and commercial potential.
- Participants must also address intellectual property (IP) issues, provide a project plan and methodology, describe the technical team and expertise, and justify the project’s costs and value for money.
- The competition aims to identify projects with strong commercial potential, focusing on the proposed customer’s needs and the competitive advantage of the project over existing or alternative technologies.
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