Welcome to the website of the Quantum Information Processing Interdisciplinary Research Collaboration (QIP IRC).

The QIP IRC came about as a result of an initiative by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) to set up a coordinated effort in the UK in the area of quantum information processing. As a first step, in Aug 2002, EPSRC appointed a Director (Andrew Briggs, from Oxford University). After consulting with the UK research community and an international advisory group, he then produced a research proposal for EPSRC. That proposal was accepted in September 2003 and as a result two grants were awarded: one to Oxford University (acting on behalf of the other participants) for the main bulk of the IRC’s work, and one to Bristol University for underpinning theoretical studies.

The project started on 1 April 2004 with funding of approximately £10M over five years. The IRC was supported mainly by the EPSRC (GR/S82176/01) with some support from the UK Ministry of Defence under the joint grants scheme. The QIP IRC project ended in 2009.

In July 2011 the website http://www.qipirc.org was archived and the core content was subsumed into the main Oxford Materials website http://www.materials.ox.ac.uk/qipirc.