Proposals should aim at coordinating the relevant stakeholders, notably academia and industry, as well as policy makers, addressing all of the following:
- Establish a communication platform for all stakeholders;
- Promote the objectives of the Flagship;
- Facilitate connections between industry and academia;
- Help shaping the Flagship Initiative during and beyond H2020;
- Organize outreach events;
- Facilitate dialogue between all stakeholders (policy, industry, academia);
- Help the networking of respective national and international activities in the field.
It is expected that such an activity is driven by the relevant actors of the field including both academia and industry.
The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU of up to EUR 0.5 million would allow this specific challenge to be addressed appropriately. Nonetheless, this does not preclude submission and selection of proposals requesting other amounts.The indicative duration of the Coordination and Support Action is from 12 to 18 months.
In April 2016, the Commission adopted, with its European Cloud Initiative[[COM(2016)178 of 19 April 2016]], an ambitious strategy in the field of Digital Technologies. It was accompanied by a staff working document on Quantum Technologies[[SWD(2016)107 of 19 April 2016]], announcing the intention to set-up a Flagship initiative over the next 10 years. The present call topic is for a Coordination and Support Action to support the community in establishing the flagship initiative and its coordination with national activities in the field.
The following impacts are expected to be addressed:
- A goal-driven, federated effort towards a challenging scientific and technological vision to generate European scientific leadership in Quantum Technologies, and a strong potential for longer term technological innovation and economic exploitation.
- Involvement and commitment from key stakeholders.
- Increased transnational collaboration on quantum technologies between the relevant European initiatives in the field.
- Spreading of excellence on quantum technologies across Europe.
- Increased awareness of European activities in Quantum Technologies.