New funding call: Cross-border cooperation for Europe’s quantum value chains

Deadline: 20 March, 2024 12:00 pm

As quantum technology moves towards commercialisation, this initiative accelerates cross-border collaboration for breakthrough initiatives in a bid to create resilient supply chains for Europe.

Background and objectives of the call for projects

The development of quantum technologies holds the promise of major breakthroughs in several critical sectors.

A large number of open scientific questions and key technologies to be developed will require a global investment effort that no single country can bear alone. International and European cooperation is an essential lever for addressing these issues and developing resilient quantum value chains.

The combined investment of the European Union member states and the European Commission makes Europe the leading (public) investor in quantum technologies.

In order to strengthen synergies between the Member States quantum strategies and the European strategy, the present calls for projects aims to stimulate cooperation between the French, German, Dutch quantum ecosystem and all European partners aiming to join the global European effort to develop high value-added knowledge and technological building blocks with strong disruptive potential, and thus reinforcing the European quantum scientific and technological base.

The call for projects supports innovative project leaders who, as part of collaborative programs, need access to national sources of funding to complement European sources of funding to cover the risk inherent in their R&D and innovation projects, particularly emerging players, start-ups and innovative SMEs.

Expected projects

The project may include phases of fundamental research (if it contributes to a clear pathway towards commercialization), industrial research and experimental development*. Fundamental research, industrial research, and experimental development phases, prior to marketing, as defined in the GBER (Commission Regulation (EU) No. 651/2014 of June 17, 2014).

* Definitions

  • Fundamental research:

Experimental or theoretical work undertaken essentially to acquire new knowledge about the foundations of phenomena or observable facts, with no direct practical application or use in view.

  • Industrial research:

Planned research or critical investigations aimed at acquiring new knowledge and skills in order to develop new products, processes or services, or to bring about a significant improvement in existing products, processes or services. It includes the creation of complex system components (modules, bricks, etc.) required for industrial research, in particular for the validation of generic technologies, to the exclusion of prototypes.

  • Experimental development:

Acquiring, combining, shaping and using existing scientific, technological, commercial and other knowledge and techniques to produce projects, devices or drawings for the design of new, modified or improved products, processes or services. This may include other activities aimed at the theoretical definition and planning of new products, processes and services, as well as the recording of related information. These activities may include the production of drafts, drawings, plans and other documents, provided they are not intended for commercial use.

For more information please visit the call website.

Tentative deadline for applications: Wednesday 20 March 2024 at 12:00 (noon) CET

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