BMBF: High-performance components and opt. Materials for quantum communication

Guideline for the funding of projects on the topic of “High-performance components and optimized materials for quantum communication”.

Federal Gazette from 16.08.2021

Funding Target

The aim of the funding is to increase the performance and robustness of components for quantum communication through optimized design and manufacturing processes or underlying materials. The announcement is also intended to create the conditions for the development of market-ready quantum communication components by German industry in the long term. To this end, the funding is intended to intensify cooperation between companies and research institutions in the university and non-university sectors and, in particular, to support the participation of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in current scientific results.

Subject of the funding

The funding is for research and development projects aimed at improving components for use in quantum communications. In order to significantly increase the performance of quantum communication components, the underlying materials are to be optimized with respect to decisive quantum mechanical key parameters, among other things. Therefore, projects for the optimization of design and manufacturing processes of materials for quantum communication, for example in semiconductor and diamond processing, in the design of nonlinear materials or in thin-film technology, will also be funded. Alternatively, the improvement of components for other quantum technology-based IT security concepts that are not primarily associated with quantum communications can be addressed.


In the first stage of the procedure, project outlines must initially be submitted to the project management organization VDI/VDE Innovation + Technik GmbH in electronic form by November 30, 2021 at the latest.

This Funding Guideline shall enter into force on the day of its publication in the Federal Gazette. The term of this funding guideline is limited until the expiry of its legal basis, the GBER, plus an adjustment period of six months, i.e. until June 30, 2024.

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