The past 20 years has seen the global emergence of new concepts using ideas based on deeper aspects of the quantum world. The UK began major investment in this field in 2014 with the National Quantum Technology Programme. This was complemented at the time by the MOD Chief Scientific Adviser (CSA) Quantum Technology Project to investigate quantum concepts to provide a strategic advantage to UK defence and security forces. MOD funding supported 41 PhD projects at 16 universities, which are about to be successfully completed.
The CSA programme is continuing and it is our intention to fund a second tranche of PhD projects in 2019 for selected technology areas under the heading of quantum sensing. Spatial and temporal awareness is essential to mission success and requires accurate knowledge of position, velocity, acceleration, time and electromagnetic and gravitational field parameters. The outcomes of the research will inform future work in several work packages within the quantum sensing project as well as other Dstl programmes.
We encourage applications from UK institutions with leading academics, research groups and research centres which offer the potential for step changing fundamental and applied research in the following themes:
- Low size, weight and power quantum sensors (including clocks)
- Technology and techniques to enhance the sensitivity, robustness and deployability of quantum sensors
- System engineering and performance prediction capabilities that enable MOD to make best use of quantum technology
- Fundamental studies to develop novel quantum sensing concepts for defence and security applications
A conference supporting this PhD call will be held in London on 10 October 2018 at which prospective applicants can gain a greater understanding of research needs and commercial requirements. Attendance at the conference is by pre-registration via Eventbrite and subsequent approval.
- Deadline for conference pre-registration is midnight Sunday 23 September 2018
- Calling conference is 10 October 2018
- Closing date for applications is 31 December 2018
- Funding decision by end of February 2019
- Projects to commence by or before October 2019