Since 2016, the QuantERA network of research funding organisations has been successfully serving the European quantum community with a coordinated approach to support cutting-edge research in Quantum Technologies (QT).
Today, the QuantERA consortium launches a new call for proposals in quantum information and communication sciences and technologies, co-funded by the European Commission: QuantERA Co-funded Call 2021. The call will comprise two topics: Quantum Phenomena and Resources (QPR), and Applied Quantum Science (AQS).
Prof. Konrad Banaszek, the Scientific Coordinator of QuantERA, says: “With the broad scope of the call, the QuantERA programme aims to cast the net wide in order to support a diverse range of groundbreaking research in quantum science and technologies. At the same time, inclusiveness of the programme is ensured by selection mechanisms whose efficacy has been proven in previous editions.”
With the main aim of directing the transnational calls for proposals in the field of QT, as well as fostering the international dialogue and cooperation among research funding organisations, QuantERA represents an important component in the fleet of activities that the European Commission is funding in this important area, complementing the activities of the Quantum Technology Flagship.
QuantERA answers the growing need for collaborative endeavours and common funding framework for QT research, which – due to its highly interdisciplinary nature – often cannot be provided by an individual organisation or a state. Through a coordinated allocation of resources, QuantERA ameliorates the problem of fragmentation of regional and national efforts, encouraging transnational collaborations and leveraging Europe’s competitive advantage. The joint calls for proposals for international research teams operating in QuantERA partner countries provide much needed synergies.
More information on the call and how to apply can be found on the Open calls page.
QuantERA II is an ERA-NET Cofund Programme coordinated by the National Science Centre, Poland. This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under Grant Agreement no. 101017733.