Home institutions: ETH Zurich, University of Basel
The National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) "QSIT – Quantum Science & Technology" is active in a field which unites the key discoveries of the 20th century: quantum physics and information theory.
In future, research in this field will strongly influence science and technology. Potential applications are primarily focused in the area of computer science and sensors. The NCCR "QSIT" takes a multi-disciplinary approach, combining concepts from physics, chemistry, engineering and computer sciences. Researchers from many Swiss universities and basic researchers from industry work together in the NCCR network. Their two common goals are to develop applications in the area of quantum computer science and to investigate new paradigms in physical basic research such as the order and states of material.
Further information on the NCCR:
Management / Coordination
NCCRs are financed through grants awarded by the SNSF, but also from other sources. The home institution involved in the NCCR also contributes a substantial amount of money. The available overall budget of the NCCR is further increased by monetary contributions from the project participants and third-party funds, which are generally invested by industrial companies.
The SNSF is financing the NCCR QSIT in its third funding period.
Financing 2010 – 2021 (Swiss Francs)
Time-frame Funding source 2010-2013 2014-2017 2018 - 2021 SNSF grant* 17'100'000 20'520'000 14'950'000 Funds of ETH Zurich* 13'520'000 11'510'000 9'060'000 Funds of Basel University* 5'020'000 5'020'000 5'420'000 Group funds of the project participants 18'759'166 29'395'878 21'093'882 External funds 171'450 0 48'000 Total 54'770'616 66'445'878 50'571'882
* contractually agreed funding
Evaluation / Review Panel
For each NCCR, the SNSF appoints a Review Panel composed of renowned experts whose task it is to evaluate scientific quality and the progress made in NCCR projects. The Review Panel of the NCCR QSIT consists of the following experts:
Contact person at the SNSF:
National Centres of Competence in Research leave their mark on the research landscape well beyond the SNSF funding period. They help to define key topics and sustainably change Swiss research structures. Thus NCCRs can lead to the creation of new professorships and courses of study as well as new infrastructures or platforms at the universities involved.
NCCRs operate as a network in which a large number of scientific partners are active. Working within these networks has borne fruit in the form of new research approaches and excellent scientific contributions.
Structures created by this NCCR until now:
Contributions to society and the economy
The National Centres of Competence in Research not only engage in cutting-edge research, they also play an important role in transferring knowledge and new technologies to the economy and to society at large. They lead to the formation of start-ups, and the new insights have the potential to awaken the interest of politicians, globally active companies and the public at large.
Communication and knowledge and technology transfer of the NCCR QSIT:
Promotion of academic careers and equal opportunities
The National Centres of Competence in Research consciously promote promising young researchers and are committed to equal opportunities for men and women in research.
Measures taken by the NCCR QSIT to promote young researchers and gender equality.