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Framework Partnership Agreement for developing large-scale quantum Computing platform technologies
|Funding Program||Cluster 4 - Destination 4: Digital and Emerging Technologies for Competitivness and Fit for the Green Deal|
|Link to the call||ec.europa.eu|
|Link to the submission||ec.europa.eu|
Fostering a vibrant European quantum computing industry will require hardware, software, and the development and maintenance of user interfaces and applications. Proposals for this Framework Partnership Agreement (FPA) are expected to build on the quantum computing platforms supported under the Quantum Flagship ramp-up phase. Proposals should target the development of open quantum computing platforms compatible with the fabrication techniques of the semiconductor industry (e.g. silicon spin qubits), integrating the key building blocks such as quantum processors in the NISQ regime with control electronics, low-level software, verification and validation of the quantum computation, etc.
Proposals should include practical strategies towards the break-even point of fault tolerance to increase algorithmic depth (number of operations) for quantum computing on existing platforms.
Proposals for the Framework Partnership Agreement (FPA) should describe how the activities carried out during the ramp-up phase will be continued involving the relevant disciplines ,technologies and stakeholders, how results of the ramp-up phase will be used, and how they will provide efficient coordination under strong scientific and engineering leadership.
Proposals for the FPA should also address the development and integration in this platform of a full software stack, including a compiler and scheduler, programming tools, a suite of algorithms, use cases etc., that would allow them to showcase their capability of solving real and concrete computational problem(s) that demonstrate a quantum advantage and to make progress towards fault tolerance.
Proposals should aim at the development of open quantum computer experimental systems, and work on the reduction of their form factor.
Proposals for FPAs should also cover: (i) the cooperation with complementary projects previously launched, specifically in the area of the enabling quantum software stack (see HORIZON-CL4-2021-DIGITAL-EMERGING-02-10: Strengthening the quantum software ecosystem for quantum computing platforms), and DEP Future EuroHPC JU Calls for acquisition and operation of Quantum computers, and their integration with the HPC and data infrastructure, including also the need to establish from the beginning of this cooperation appropriate IP exploitation agreements; (ii) the collaboration with other initiatives or programmes at regional, national, transnational or global level; (iii) any additional support they may receive in their activities from relevant national, or regional programmes and initiatives; and (iv) contribution to the governance and overall coordination of the Quantum Technologies Flagship initiative. (v) relevant aspects of cooperation with European industry and SMEs/ They should also contribute to spreading excellence across Europe; for example, through the involvement of Widening Countries.
The partnership will have a duration of 4 years.
In this topic the integration of the gender dimension (sex and gender analysis) in research and innovation content is not a mandatory requirement.
Die Partnerschaftsrahmenvereinbarung (FPA) im Bereich des Quantencomputings soll eine stabile und strukturierte Partnerschaft zwischen der Kommission und den Einrichtungen und Organisationen im Bereich des Quantencomputings begründen, die sich verpflichten, einen strategischen Forschungsplan aufzustellen, zu pflegen und umzusetzen, der mit der strategischen Forschungsagenda für das Quantenflaggschiff abgestimmt ist und einen Beitrag zu einer skalierbaren offenen Quantencomputerplattform auf der Grundlage einer bestimmten Quantenplattformtechnologie leistet.
Diese Partnerschaft wird im Rahmen eines Partnerschaftsrahmenvertrags eingerichtet, der die Fertigstellung des Forschungsplans im Rahmen des Abkommens ermöglichen wird.
Zu den Konsortien, die auf die Aufforderung reagieren, können Forschungsinstitute, Universitäten, RTOs, Stiftungen, die Industrie, KMUs sowie andere Organisationen gehören, die eine Rolle bei der Realisierung dieser Quantencomputerplattformen spielen können. Der Partnerschaftsrahmenvertrag wird die Ziele, die Art der geplanten Maßnahmen und das Verfahren für die Gewährung spezifischer Finanzhilfen festlegen. Der FPA soll zu den folgenden Ergebnissen beitragen:
|Regions / countries for funding||EU Member States, Overseas Countries and Territories (OCT)|
Island (Ísland), Israel (ישראל / إِسْرَائِيل), Norway (Norge)
|eligible entities||EU Body, Education and training institution, International organization, Natural Person, Non-Profit Organisation (NPO) / Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), Other, Private institution, incl. private company (private for profit), Public Body (national, regional and local; incl. EGTCs), Research Institution incl. University, Small and medium-sized enterprise (SME)|
To be eligible for funding, applicants must be established in one of the following countries:
Only legal entities forming a consortium are eligible to participate in actions provided that the consortium includes, as beneficiaries, three legal entities independent from each other and each established in a different country as follows:
Any legal entity, regardless of its place of establishment, including legal entities from non-associated third countries or international organisations (including international European research organisations) is eligible to participate (whether it is eligible for funding or not), provided that the conditions laid down in the Horizon Europe Regulation have been met, along with any other conditions laid down in the specific call topic.
A ‘legal entity’ means any natural or legal person created and recognised as such under national law, EU law or international law, which has legal personality and which may, acting in its own name, exercise rights and be subject to obligations, or an entity without legal personality.
In order to achieve the expected outcomes, and safeguard the Union’s strategic assets, interests, autonomy, and security, it is important to avoid a situation of technological dependency on a non-EU source, in a global context that requires the EU to take action to build on its strengths, and to carefully assess and address any strategic weaknesses, vulnerabilities and high-risk dependencies which put at risk the attainment of its ambitions. For this reason, participation is limited to legal entities established in Member States, Iceland and Norway and the following additional associated country: Israel
For the duly justified and exceptional reasons listed in the paragraph above, in order to guarantee the protection of the strategic interests of the Union and its Member States, entities established in an eligible country listed above, but which are directly or indirectly controlled by a non-eligible country or by a non-eligible country entity, may not participate in the action unless it can be demonstrated, by means of guarantees provided by their eligible country of establishment, that their participation to the action would not negatively impact the Union’s strategic, assets, interests, autonomy, or security.
|other eligibility criteria|
Activities are expected to start at TRL 4-5 and achieve TRL 6-7 by the end of the project.
For the Technology Readiness Level (TRL), the following definitions apply:
Digitalisation, Digital Society, ICT
|Relevance for EU Macro-Region||EUSAIR - EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region, EUSALP - EU Strategy for the Alpine Space, EUSBSR - EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region, EUSDR - EU Strategy for the Danube Region|
|UN Sustainable Development Goals (UN-SDGs)|
|project duration||4 years|
All proposals must be submitted electronically via the Funders & Tenders Portal electronic submission system (accessible via the topic page in the Search Funding & Tenders section). Paper submissions are NOT possible.
Proposals must be complete and contain all parts and mandatory annexes and supporting documents, e.g. plan for the exploitation and dissemination of the results including communication activities, etc.
The application form will have two parts:
Annexes and supporting documents will be directly available in the submission system and must be uploaded as PDF files (or other formats allowed by the system).
The limit for a full application (Part B) is 45 pages.
|Call documents|| HE-Work Programme 2023-2024, Cluster 4, Destination 4 (580kB)
|Contact||National Contact Points for Horizon Europe |
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