Quantum Delta NL program receives 615 million euros from National Growth Fund

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Quantum Delta NL program receives 615 million euros from National Growth Fund

The Quantum Delta NL Program will receive 615 million euros as one of the innovation proposals awarded from the National Growth Fund to position the Netherlands as an internationally leading center and hub for quantum technology: the Quantum Delta NL. This makes it a 100% awarded innovation proposal submitted by the State Secretary for Economic Affairs and Climate, Mona Keijzer, in the first round. The decision of the advisory committee chaired by Jeroen Dijsselbloem about the first round of the National Growth Fund was adopted by the Council of Ministers today. The ambition is to develop a leading European knowledge cluster in seven years, with a contribution to the gross domestic product (GDP) of 5 to 7 billion euros and 30,000 high-quality Dutch jobs in the long term.

Quantum technology is a key technology that enables radically new products and services. Quantum computers, quantum simulators, quantum networks and quantum sensors will soon be able to do things that 'classical' devices cannot, such as calculating molecules and materials and ensuring an internet that cannot be hacked. We are therefore at the beginning of a technology revolution that is expected to make a major contribution to solving societal challenges in areas such as energy, food and care. Market expectations are also high. Market researchers predict that the quantum technology market will grow to more than USD 65 billion in the next twenty years, and will reach USD 300 billion worldwide by 2050. This is also the reason that governments and companies worldwide are investing heavily in quantum research and innovation.

The Netherlands is currently taking part in the scientific and technological vanguard of quantum developments. The development of silicon qubits and a quantum processor, the use of entanglement for the development of a quantum internet and the launch of Quantum Inspire, the first European quantum computer in the cloud, have all been realized by or with the help of Dutch researchers. In addition, the Netherlands has the most quantum startups per capita and is a top 3 player worldwide when it comes to scientific output. This gives the Netherlands a unique opportunity to translate its lead into sustainable earning capacity for the whole of Europe.

Ambitious program
The ambition of Quantum Delta NL is therefore great: to position the Netherlands over the next seven years as a new Silicon Valley for quantum technology for Europe. The program provides, among other things, for the further development of the quantum computer and the quantum internet, openly accessible to end users in business and social sectors, including education. The 'living lab quantum & society' was also established as part of this plan – a world first. It focuses on a thriving ecosystem in which talent at all levels is trained and collaborates across institutions to create a new European high-tech industry. McKinsey calculated that in the medium term the program will lead to a contribution to the gross domestic product of 5 to 7 billion euros and 30,000 high-quality Dutch jobs.

Quantum Delta NL
The investment from the National Growth Fund will be paid out in three different tranches during the program over the coming years, with part of the money still in reserve. This includes several interim evaluation and assessment moments.

The implementation of the program is in the hands of the Quantum Delta NL foundation, a broad collaboration of knowledge institutes, companies and social organisations, including QuTech (TU Delft and TNO), QuSoft (UvA and CWI), QT/e (Eindhoven University of Technology), aQa (Leiden University), TNO, NanoLabNL, MinacNed, NanoNextNL, Braventure and Techleap. The government ministries of Economic Affairs and Climate, Education, Culture and Science, Defense and NWO are directly involved.

Smartest investment
Ronald Hanson, TU Delft and chair of Quantum Delta NL: “After decades of research, quantum technology is now on the brink of breakthrough. This will generate a new high-tech industry that can improve our lives in profound and unforeseen ways. It is special that the whole of the Netherlands has rallied behind our program. The strong clusters in Delft, Amsterdam, Eindhoven, Twente and Leiden are joining forces to implement the program.”

Mona Keijzer, State Secretary for Economic Affairs and Climate: “Innovation aimed at digitization, sustainability and health immediately obtained a prominent place at the start of the National Growth Fund. That is good for all Dutch people. After all: research and development is the key to sustainable growth and therefore our jobs and income of the future. The government also needs to actively provide large-scale public funding to further develop research, innovation and technology, allow start-ups to grow, attract talent, keep innovation in the Netherlands and thereby strengthen our international position. I see great opportunities for the collaborating companies, knowledge institutions and governments involved, such as Quantum Delta NL, to capitalize on these challenges.”

Freeke Heijman, director of Quantum Delta NL: “The strength of the Netherlands' position is partly due to the fact that the Dutch government recognized the importance of quantum early on. We are proud that we can now build on that success with the implementation of the Quantum Delta NL program. It is an action plan that focuses on all links in the ecosystem: from talent to research and entrepreneurship and cleanroom facilities. Together with the commitment of the government and all stakeholders, we will ensure that Quantum Delta NL becomes the smartest investment the Dutch government has ever made.”

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