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The European High Performance Computing Joint Undertaking (EuroHPC JU)
Call for proposalsClosed

European Quantum Excellence Centres (QECs) in applications for science and industry

The objective of this call is to create two European Quantum Excellence Centres in applications, covering science and industry, which will establish a one-stop-shop for industry, academia, and the wider quantum technology user community.


Publication date
7 November 2023
Opening date
Deadline model
Deadline date
14 May 2024, 17:00 (CEST)


European Quantum Excellence Centres (QECs) will foster the development of an ecosystem of quantum programming facilities, application libraries, and a skilled workforce, ultimately the discovery of new quantum-oriented applications, fostering knowledge and uptake for these new technologies.

The QECs should be technology-agnostic with a focus on quantum applications for end-users in science and industry. They should also be user-driven and inherently committed to co-designing activities, to ensure that future quantum computing architectures are well-suited for the applications and their users, providing them with a high performance and scalable application base.

QECs should:

  • contribute to a library of new quantum applications and open source software platforms used for building quantum computing and simulation applications for specific areas
  • provide services supporting different usage models for the community needs, including developing, maintaining, optimising (if needed re-designing) and scaling quantum applications, addressing the full scientific/industrial workflow, testing and validating codes and quality assurance
  • create meeting places for users and organisations working on similar nascent technologies, and offer specialised training and capacity building measures to develop the human capital resources for increased adoption of quantum computing in industry and academia
  • federate capabilities around Europe, exploiting available competences, and ensuring multi-disciplinarity and synergies with national/local programmes.

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2 MAY 2024