The Quantum Support Action (QSA) initiative is an important and necessary preparatory step to make sure the full potential of the Quantum Flagship can be attained right from its start. It will last for 16 months, set up activities that will continue beyond its run-time, and lay down the foundation for future Coordination and Support Actions which will be part of the Quantum Flagship.
The work of the QSA will be performed within a set of four workpackages, each of with is mapped to one of the key areas and objectives defined for the project. Each workpackage will define a specific set of tasks that will contribute to the ultimate goal of attaining the project objectives. The QSA coordinator is Tommaso Calarco.
WP1 Strategy and Structuring
WP1 will define, populate and run a Strategic Research Agenda Working Group as well as structure the community by developing coherence and identifying synergies between academia and industry, as well as national and international projects and programmes, including event coordination
WP1 leader is Rob Thew (University of Geneva, CH).
WP2 Innovation and Exploitation
WP2 will establish an Innovation Working Group to create transparency on relevant existing players, (planned) activities and best practices and to actively connect them to foster innovation in QT and exploitation of research results.
WP2 leader is Thierry Debuisschert (Thales SA, FR).
WP3 Outreach and Education
WP3 will raise awareness with potential future stakeholders, decision makers and educators as well as prepare for outreach to the general public.
WP3 leader is Frank Wilhelm-Mauch (Universität des Saarlandes, DE).
WP4 Organisational Structures and Processes
WP4 will detail and help implementing the Flagship’s Governance Structure
WP4 leader is Thomas Strohm (Robert Bosch GmbH, DE)
WP5 will take care of the management aspects of the project and implement a Helpdesk to route external requests and input to the right work package or information resource
WP5 leader is Daniele Binosi (ECT*, IT)