QuantERA Call 2019

transnational call for proposals in the field of quantum technologies

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QuantERA Network has launched its 2nd call for proposals in the field of quantum technologies on 21st November 2018.

Submitted proposals should explore collaborative advanced multidisciplinary science and/or cutting-edge engineering with the potential to initiate or foster new lines of quantum technologies and help Europe grasp leadership early on in promising future technology areas.

Einreichungsfrist: -
Die Einreichungsfrist für diese Fördermaßnahme ist abgelaufen.

Thematic scope of proposals should include one or more of the following areas

  1. Quantum communication
  2. Quantum simulation
  3. Quantum computation
  4. Quantum information sciences
  5. Quantum metrology sensing and imaging


ca. EUR 20 M

Application and evaluation procedure

A one stage application procedure (joint submission of short and full proposals) will be open for consortia composed of researchers from at least three countries participating in the QuantERA Call 2019.

The coordinator compiles a short and a full proposal using the templates available below and submits them via the Electronic Submission System (ESS): she or he uploads the project description in the ESS and enters the administrative and financial project data in the ESS.

Proposals will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

  1. Excellence,
  2. Impact,
  3. Quality and efficiency of the implementation.


The deadline for submitting short and full proposals is February 18th, 2019, 17.00 Central European Time.

Participating countries

Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom.

QuantERA aims at spreading research excellence throughout the whole European Research Area. Therefore, proposal consortia are encouraged to include partners from the widening countries participating in the call: Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia and Turkey.

Partner Search Tool

QuantERA has secured a dedicated networking space. To share your project idea please register at ncn.gov.pl/partners/quantera2/.

German funding criteria and regulations

Funding for German applicants under this call will be granted based on §§ 23 and 44 BHO (‘Bundeshaushaltsordnung’) and the related administrative regulations and BMBF guidelines. An entitlement to funding cannot be derived.  
In particular, the national regulations NABF, NKBF 2017 and BNBest-mittelbarer Abruf-BMBF apply. The documents can be found at: foerderportal.bund.de/easy/easy_index.php
In order to be eligible for BMBF funding project proposals must demonstrate an added benefit due to the transnational cooperation.
Funding of German participants is available:

  • For universities and research institutes/organisations (funding up to 100% of the total eligible costs/expenditures; universities will receive an additional lump sum (‘Projektpauschale’) equivalent to 20 % of the eligible expenditures);
  • For companies (funding up to 50% of the total eligible costs; SMEs may receive an additional bonus of up to 10%).

Proposals involving companies shall include a scheme towards subsequent application and/or future commercial use of the expected results.

Forms to be submitted

No additional national forms are required at pre-proposal or full proposal stage.
Successful German participants are requested to provide complete BMBF application forms (AZA/AZK including annexes) within three months after the official notification of the project selection. Non-compliance may result in exclusion.

Funding limits

The requested BMBF funding must amount to at least 100 k€ per German partner over the entire duration of a project.
Moreover, at least 50 % of the total eligible costs/expenses on the part of the German participant(s) must be personnel costs/expenses.
Finally, proposers are reminded of the transnational eligibility rules on balance (see page 7):

  • At most 60% of the total requested funding may be requested by partners from one country;
  • At most 40% of the total requested funding may be requested by a single partner.