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QUCATS - Coordination and support action of the Quantum Flagship

Management, Strategy
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The Quantum Flagship’s new Coordination and Support Action ‘QUCATS’ will run from 1 May 2022 to 30 April 2025. Following on from the work done by its predecessors QSA and QFlag, QUCATS will strengthen the Flagship’s foundations and steer it through the next phase, in which European quantum technologies mature and the ecosystem of initiatives expands.

QUCATS is coordinated by Philippe Grangier from CNRS. It is made up of 11 partners from all over Europe and all along the quantum technology value chain – from renowned academic centres to research and technology organisations (RTOs) to industry associations. These partners and their particular roles are listed below.

Members of the QUCATS Coordination and Support Action

Participant Name Country responsible for
Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) France Management, Governance, Strategy
VDI Technologiezentrum GmbH (VDITZ) Germany Governance, National Programme Cooperation
Commissariat à l'energie atomique et aux energies alternatives (CEA) France International Cooperation, Strategy, Innovation, Outreach
European Quantum Industry Consortium e.V. (QuIC) Germany Innovation, Infrastructure
Technische Universität Braunschweig (TUBS) Germany Education, Training, Infrastructure
Fundació Institut de Ciències Fotòniques (ICFO) Spain Education, Outreach
Nederlandse Organisatie voor Toegepast-natuurwetenschappelijk onderzoek (TNO) Netherlands Innovation, Infrastructure
Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR) Italy Education, Training
Portuguese Quantum Institute (PQI) Protugal National Programme Cooperation, Monitoring
Aarhus Universitet Denmark Education, Training
Teknologian Tutkimuskeskus VTT Oy Finland Infrastructure, Training, Outreach

QUCATS will facilitate the growth of the science and technology supply chain to ensure robustness and strategic coherence of the whole research and innovation ecosystem, and ensure that Europe stays ahead in the global economical and societal development.

It will sustain efforts towards outreach, cooperation, and exploitation, stabilize the quantum benefits through standardization and benchmarks, and develop and evaluate quantum technology-oriented workforce education and training. Another major role will be to support the European Commission in reaching its political ambition in quantum technologies, in order to safeguard European strategic assets, interests, and security, while advancing towards its goal of strategic autonomy. QUCATS will thus be instrumental in achieving one key Digital-Decade goal, namely, being at the cutting edge of quantum capabilities by 2030.

Work package Title Lead participant
WP1 Strategy & growth VDITZ
WP2 Outreach & cooperation CEA
WP3 Standardisation & use cases QuIC
WP4 Workforce development TUBS
WP5 Project management & support to EC policies CNRS