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Quantum Technologies Flagship

The Quantum Technologies Flagship is a long-term research and innovation initiative that aims to put Europe at the forefront of the second quantum revolution.

The Quantum Technologies Flagship is due to support the work of hundreds of quantum researchers over 10 years, with an expected budget of €1 billion from the EU. Launched in 2018, the flagship brings together research institutions, and industry and public funders, consolidating and expanding European scientific leadership and excellence in quantum technologies. Its aim is to support the transformation of European research into commercial applications that make full use of the disruptive potential of quantum.

In the flagship’s ramp-up phase (October 2018-September 2021), its total budget is €152 million, for a total of 24 projects. It is funding projects in four core application areas:

  • quantum computing
  • quantum simulation
  • quantum communication
  • quantum metrology and sensing

It also funds research into the basic science behind quantum technologies, as well as education and international cooperation activities in quantum technologies.

Read more about the first 20 flagship projects

To mark the mid-point of the flagship's ramp-up phase, a report (.pdf) was published with details of its achievements in its first eighteen months of activities.

The flagship’s research goals are shaped by its Strategic Research Agenda, to which over 2,000 European quantum experts contributed. Its long-term vision is to develop in Europe a so-called quantum Internet, where quantum computers, simulators and sensors are interconnected via quantum communication networks.

Funding for the flagship is expected to continue in Horizon Europe, the EU’s new research framework programme.


Commission to invest €14.7 billion from Horizon Europe for a healthier, greener and more digital Europe

The Commission has adopted the main work programme of Horizon Europe for the period 2021-2022, which outlines the objectives and specific topic areas that will receive a total of €14.7 billion in funding. These investments will help accelerate the green and digital transitions and will contribute to sustainable recovery from the coronavirus pandemic and to EU resilience against future crises. They will support European researchers through fellowships, training and exchanges, build more connected and efficient European innovation ecosystems and create world-class research infrastructures

Building a new quantum computer in Europe

VTT (Technical Research Centre of Finland) and IQM have signed an agreement to collaborate in building Finland’s first quantum computer.

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