National Quantum Technology Program
The National Research, Development and Innovation Office (NKFIH) facilitates the social and economic utilisation of discovery research findings by defining strategic areas where Hungary has the sufficient level of scientific excellence for the implementation of tasks, so that such goals can be reached faster and more efficiently. With this aim, the Office has announced the "National Quantum Technology Programme", a funding source for consortia of research and knowledge-dissemination organisations and businesses involving research activities addressing large-scale interdisciplinary scientific and technological challenges which, due to their comprehensive nature and volume, are implemented in long-term cooperation between scientific, industrial and social stakeholders and decision-makers.
The HunQuTech consortium
The HunQuTech consortium constitutes a critical mass of outstanding Hungarian research groups, allowing the Hungarian research and development community to take part in the explosive development of quantum technologies. Our Consortium consists of leading research groups in the field of quantum physics of the Wigner Research Centre for Physics, the Institute of Phyics, and the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Informatics of the Budapest University of Technology and Economics, and the Institute of Physics of the Eötvös Loránd University -- including 5 groups with Momentum grant, és 2 with ERC Starting Grants --, and industrial partners from the forerunners of Hungarian research and development, Bonn Hungary Electronics, Ericsson Hungary, Nokia-Bell Labs, and Femtonics. Our common goal is to realize technological potential bulding on the quantum experimental technology in the research labs, on the latest theoretical breakthroughs, and the experience of the industrial partners.
We are developing laboratories where we can isolate and control quantum objects: atoms, photons, electrons, nuclear spins, according to the laws of quantum mechanics. We develop tools to store and send quantum bits, the units of quantum information, to create quantum entangled pairs, and to develop quantum secure communication channels. The scientific and technological challenges we encounter during this work are common, and working together as a consortium allows us to treat them efficiently. To realize quantum technology, we need industry of the highest level, which is supplied by the high-tech industrial partners of the consortium with expertise in low-noise electronic data processing, communication, and optical microscopy.