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Specific challenge: Devices that exploit quantum phenomena such as superposition and entanglement have the potential to enable radically new technologies. Several promising directions are now well known, for instance in quantum computation and simulation, quantum communication, quantum metrology and sensing. However, overcoming basic scientific challenges as well as bridging from the scientific results to concrete engineering technologies has proved difficult. This objective challenges the research community to develop solutions using quantum technologies that will ultimately address real world problem, with a potential for disruptive change.

Scope: Proposals shall address research and development for quantum simulation to address a class of problems that is beyond the reach of classical computing, and that can contribute to answering questions in fundamental or applied sciences, e.g. in quantum materials science or the life sciences.

This topic is complementary to quantum technology research topics that are called under the ICT part of the LEIT Workprogramme 2014-15 and that are related to the domains of nano-electronic technologies* ("new computing paradigm like quantum computing"), photonics** ("disruptive approaches in sensing….based on quantum optics or quantum technologies…") and cybersecurity*** ("Quantum key distribution systems and networks for long-term security by design").

The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU of between EUR 2 and 4 million would allow this specific challenge to be addressed appropriately. Nonetheless, this does not preclude submission and selection of proposals requesting other amounts.

Expected impact:

•                Contribution to solving problems in fundamental and applied science using new tools based on quantum physics and quantum technologies

•                Build-up of core competences for the wider exploitation of quantum science and technologies in mainstream engineering.

Type of action: Research and Innovation Actions


* See LEIT ICT Work Programme 2014-15 Topic 25

** See LEIT ICT Work Programme 2014-15 Topic 26

*** See LEIT ICT Work Programme 2014-15 Topic 32


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