20 DECEMBER 2022

Quantum Delta NL awards 5.3 million to 16 Dutch research projects

A prison for ions and cold atoms for a unique quantum simulator? Checking the geographical position of a bank computer with quantum verification? Quantum optics to see if a communication network has been tampered with? These are three of 16 futuristic projects within the National Growth Fund programme Quantum Technology organised by Quantum Delta NL in collaboration with NWO. In total, more than €5.3 million is involved.

Quantum Delta NL awards 5.3 million to 16 Dutch research projects

A special feature of this call is that PhD researchers could apply for a personal research budget, this strengthens the basis for the Netherlands’ leading position in quantum research.

Of the sixteen projects awarded, four are from such newly promoted researchers. Also, four of the 16 applicants awarded are women. Both numbers are relatively high, but there is work to be done. Quantum Delta NL is dedicated to achieving a better gender balance.

“As the assessment committee, we are proud of the high quality of the Dutch research proposals that we have received. We have high expectations of the proposal that have been selected. These all offer great potential in maintaining and strengthening the global position of the Netherlands in the field of quantum technology.”
- Ronald Hanson, chairman of the board of Quantum Delta NL

In 2023, a new similar call will be opened in collaboration between Quantum Delata NL and NWO.

Quantum technology is a key technology that can provide answers to many unsolved societal challenges. The central government is putting 615 million euros into this pioneering technology. Of this, within the Quantum Technology programme, a total of 42 million euros has been set aside for scientific research and innovation, over a duration of seven years.

“This is the first call for proposals from Quantum Delta NL, organized by its Action Line 1 ‘Research and Innovation’ committee, in collaboration with NWO. This first round of awards I see as a great success. We managed to increase the budget, which allowed us to honor more of the high-quality proposals we received. I am very curious about the results that the researchers will achieve in the coming years with this financial boost.”
- Servaas Kokkelmans, coordinator QDNL Actionline 1: Research and Innovation

Source: Quantum Delta NL