36 proposals for Swiss Quantum Call 2024

A panel of national and international experts in the relevant disciplines will evaluate the proposals.

The 36 proposals received concern the following quantum domains: quantum computation, quantum sensing & metrology, quantum communication and quantum simulation. On average, the researchers have proposed a budget of CHF 1.1 million per project for an average project duration of around 4 years.

In these projects, 36 applicants (including 6 female researchers) and 34 co-applicants (including 5 female researchers) are involved. 19 of the researchers who have submitted a proposal, i.e. more than half, come from the ETH Domain. The rest come mainly from universities (13 applicants) and from universities of applied sciences or the private sector (4 applicants).

Next step: evaluation

A panel of national and international experts will evaluate the 36 proposals and submit its evaluation to the Steering Committee. The latter will make a recommendation to the President of the Research Council as to whether the proposals should be funded or rejected. In addition, the Steering Committee will have to decide whether a successful proposal is funded under the transitional measures or the Swiss Quantum Initiative (SQI).

The Swiss Quantum Call 2024 has a total budget of CHF 16 million (CHF 10 million from the transitional measures due to the non-association of Switzerland to Horizon Europe and CHF 6 million from the SQI) allocated by the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI).

At the end of July 2024, applicants will be informed as to whether their project will receive funding.

Swiss Quantum Call 2024 aims to consolidate the position of Swiss research in the field of quantum technologies, in particular due to Switzerland's current non-association with the Horizon Europe programme.