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Europe's €1 billion quantum flagship announces grants

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Science  02 Nov 2018:
Vol. 362, Issue 6414, pp. 512
DOI: 10.1126/science.362.6414.512

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The first phase of Europe's decadelong, billion-euro program to turn its quantum technology research into commercial products has come into focus. At an event held in Vienna on 29 October, the European Union announced that the first €132 million of its quantum flagship initiative will be split between 20 consortia over the next 3 years to develop new kinds of quantum sensors, communications, and computers. Backers hope the investment will keep Europe from being overtaken in a potent new area of technology. But it remains uncertain how the rest of the flagship will be paid for, and whether it will inject life into a fledgling European quantum industry.