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Stakeholder support

CQT's operations are supported by its stakeholders through direct funding and other contributions. Two major awards of core funding have been made:

  • 2014: $36.9 million from Singapore's National Research Foundation to fund core operations
  • 2007: $158 million from Singapore's National Research Foundation and Ministry of Education to establish the Centre and fund its operations for up to ten years

CQT is an autonomous research centre hosted by the National University of Singapore, with additional staff and facilities at the Nanyang Technological University. Support from the universities includes provision of building space, administrative staff and contributions to PI salaries commensurate with the PI's service to the university.


CQT holds the following active grants. Amounts are in Singapore dollars unless otherwise indicated.

Project title
Awarded by
Project details
Research Collaboration on Quantum Sensing
Oct 2012 - Jan 2015
DSO National Laboratories, Singapore
For a collaborative effort to develop quantum technologies for sensing and metrology.

Lead PIs: Rainer Dumke, Christian Kurtsiefer, Alexander Ling, Participating PIs: Berthold-Georg Englert, Dzmitry Matsukevich Other member: Ng Hui Khoon
Random Numbers from Quantum Processes
SGD 9,931,731
May 2013 - Apr 2018
Ministry of Education, Singapore
A five-year project on quantum randomness by an interdisciplinary team of 13 Principal Investigators led by Valerio Scarani.

Lead PIs: Alexander Ling, Valerio Scarani, Stephanie Wehner Participating PIs: Dimitris Angelakis, Berthold-Georg Englert, Bjorn Hessmo, Oh Choo Hiap, Rahul Jain, Dagomir Kaszlikowski, Hartmut Klauck, Christian Kurtsiefer, Miklos Santha, Vlatko Vedral
Quantum query complexity, communication complexity, and semidefinite programming: exploring the limits of efficient computation
SGD 2,710,660
Sep 2013 - Sep 2018
National Research Foundation, Singapore
A five-year NRF Fellowship awarded to Troy Lee. The grant is jointly administered with the Nanyang Technological University, where Troy holds an appointment as Associate Professor.

Lead PIs: Troy Lee
Hybrid Quantum Technologies
SGD 4,325,456
Jul 2014 - Jun 2017
National Research Foundation, Singapore
A 3-year project on hybrid quantum technologies.

Lead PI: Christian Kurtsiefer
Participating PIs: Murray Barrett, Rainer Dumke, Valerio Scarani,

Space Based Quantum Key Distribution
Oct 2014 to Sep 2019
National Research Foundation, Singapore
A 5-year project on space based quantum key distribution.

Lead PI: Alexander Ling
Participating PI: Stephanie Wehner

Other member: Kwoh Leong Keong - Centre for Remote Imaging Sensing & Processing (CRISP - NUS)

1. Daniel Oi - University of Strathclyde
2. Steven Greenland - University of Strathclyde

Occam's Quantum Mechanical Razor
USD 246,100
Mar 2015 to Dec 2017
The John Templeton Foundation
This grant is for research into the minimum extraneous causes needed for quantum predictive models, exploring to what extent quantum theory naturally manifests from Occam's ideal of simplicity.

Lead PI: Mile Gu
Co-PI: Vlatko Vedral

Other members:
Jayne Thompson
Andrew Garner

Project website: quantumepsilon.com

Dynamics of coherent dipole-dipole energy transport of Rydberg excitations
SGD 782,610
Oct 2015 to Oct 2018
Ministry of Education, Singapore
A 3-year project working on Dynamics of coherent dipole-dipole energy transport of Rydberg excitations. This project aims to investigate, for the first time, the dynamical evolution of energy transfer in real-time with the resolution of single energy excitation.

Lead PI: Wenhui Li

1. Thomas F. Gallagher, University of Virginia
2. Dieter Jaksch, Oxford University

Controlling Quantum Matter: Dipolar Molecules in Optical Lattices
SGD 770,139
Nov 2015 to Oct 2018
Ministry of Education, Singapore
A 3-year project working on Dipolar Molecules in Optical Lattices. The main objective is to develop methods of controlling the quantum states of ultracold dipolar molecules in optical lattices and to make them available in the absolute ground state.

Lead PI: Kai Dieckmann

Engineering of a Scalable Photonics Platform for Quantum Enabled Technologies
SGD 323,760
Nov 2015 to Oct 2018
National Research Foundation, Singapore
The objective of this project is to push the practical implementation of quantum networks by using integrated photonic technologies.

Lead PI: Leonid Krivitsky, DSI, A*STAR

Co-PI: Yu Mingbin, Institute of Microelectronics, A*STAR, Jason Png, Institute of High Performance Computing, A*STAR and Kwek Leong Chuan

1. D.S. Misra, IIA Technologies PTE LTD
2. Igor Aharonovich, University of Technology Sydney

“QSYNC”: Theory and experiments of quantum synchronisation in trapped ions and nano-mechanical resonators
SGD 4,555,766
Nov 2015 to Oct 2018
National Research Foundation, Singapore
A 3 year project to develop a theory of quantum synchronization and to test it experimentally using coupled ion traps and nanometer-scale mechanical resonators. Quantum synchronisation is an emerging field where one can readily foresee innovative technological applications, like quantum memories, quantum sensors and in quantum control.

Lead PI: Vlatko Vedral

Co-PI: Manas Mukherjee,Kwek Leong Chuan

and Weibo Gao Collaborator:
1.Tristan Farrow
2. Rosario Fazio
3. Alexander Ling

Atomtronics-persistent currents through ring lattice architectures
SGD 859,248
Jan 2016 to Dec 2018
Ministry of Education, Singapore
This is a 3-year project working on the possibility of using ultra-cold atoms on a ring and ring-lattice to characterize and realize persistent current states of bosons and fermions.

Lead PI: Rainer Dumke

Co-PI: Kwek Leong Chuan

1. Luigi Amico, Universita' di Catania
2. Anna Minguzzi, CNRS
3. Hekking, Frank Willem Jan, CNRS

Quantum Engineering Science and Technologies Symposium (QuESTS)
SGD 30,000
Apr 2016 to Mar 2018
MERLION Workshop, Institut Francais
A 2-year grant to support the organisation of a Quantum Engineering Science and Technologies Symposium (QuESTS), bringing together researchers from France and Singapore.

Lead PI: Kwek Leong Chuan

A multi-ion optical clock
SGD 664,143
Apr 2016 to Mar 2019
Agency for Science, Technology and Research
A 3-year project working on the development of an optical atomic clock based on small ensembles of singly ionized Lutetium (Lu+).

Lead PI: Murray Barrett

Observer-dependent complexity: The quantum-classical divergence over ‘what is complex?’”
USD 50,600
Sept 2016 to Mar 2018
Funded under the Foundational Questions Institute (FQXi) "Physics of the Observer" programme, this project will explore how measures of complexity depend on whether the observer is quantum or classical. It will examine the extent to which such observers can disagree about complexity, and ascertain the consequences of their disagreement, including both in their thermal behaviour and impact on causality.

Lead PI: Mile Gu and Andrew Garner

Co-PI: Vlatko Vedral

Many Box Locality as a Physical Principal
SGD 147,200
Oct 2016 to Sept 2018
John Templeton Foundation
This is a 2-year project. The team propose to study a new principle based on reversing a common observation: we don't see quantum phenomena in our everyday life. They suggest this may not only be a fact to be noted, but the very definition of the quantum world. Maybe, if physics were only slightly different, we could see non-classical behavior even at the macroscopic level. The team will focus on the non-classical behaviour seen in the violation of Bell inequalities, which recently received strong confirmation in three independent 'loophole-free' experiments.

Lead PI: Valerio Scarani

Quantum absorption refrigerator with trapped ions
SGD 808, 566
Jan 2017 to Jan 2020
Ministry of Education, Singapore
In this 3-year project, the team propose to realise a quantum absorption refrigerator of 3 Ytterbium ions trapped in the linear rf-Paul trap. This could lead to one of the first demonstrations of an enhancement of heat engine performance using quantum effects. The system will also offer a convenient experimental testbed for other predictions of quantum thermodynamics.

Lead PI: Dzmitry Matsukevich

Quantum Technologies for Engineering (QTE) - Frequency Conversion of Single Photons for Quantum Networking
SGD 474,300
Jan 2017 - Jan 2021
This is a four year-project to develop optical devices for coherent wavelength conversion of single photons emitted by trapped ions. The approach is based on the use of the high index and highly nonlinear materials that are transparent in the wavelengths emitted by trapped ions. Goals include matching ion emission to the transmission window of optical fibres and to the absorption of NV-centres in diamond.

Lead PI: Leonid Krivitsky, DSI, A*STAR

Co-PI: Murray Barrett