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New Pilot Line Initiative Receives 19 million euros to Accelerate European Quantum Technology Commercialization


Researcher in a cleanroom.

The 19 million Euros of approved funding will allow the consortium to work on the quantum technology infrastructure development for the next three-and-a-half years. Based on the success of the work, there is a possibility for another funding SGA.

Credit: VTT Research

Europe is at the global forefront in the development of quantum technology. To strengthen this position, the European Union has granted 19 million euros in Specific Grant agreement (SGA) funding to upgrade the existing European micro, nano, and quantum technology infrastructures and to respond to growing demand for pilot fabrication services by quantum technology companies. The initiative includes 24 member organizations from nine European countries, and is led by VTT Technical Research Center of Finland.

Quantum technology is one of the key development areas of the European Union. To further enhance and expedite the commercialization of quantum technology, it is important that European companies have a faster lab-to-market path with optimal technology and product development capabilities. Upgrading the existing micro, nano, and quantum technology infrastructures in Europe will support this goal. The new initiative, Qu-Pilot, will facilitate this development by offering companies a direct path to design, develop, and validate their hardware products and processes on a pilot-scale. This, in turn, will accelerate the commercialization of these products.

The European consortium, led by VTT, involves 24 organizations, including both Research and Technology organizations (RTOs) and private companies from nine countries. The role of private companies is to be the first use cases of the services, which will also help aligning the upgrade with the needs of companies. Further use-cases with more companies are envisioned within the duration of the project.

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