The Netherlands invests €23,5 million in quantum technologies
State Secretary Mona Keijzer announced that she will invest €23,5 million in quantum technologies over the next five years. This initial investment will be used to fund the high priority actions identified in September 2019 by the National Agenda on Quantum Technology.
“The urgency is high,” Keijzer writes in her letter to the Dutch cabinet. “In order for this promising field to continue to grow and participate in the rapidly growing global playing field, action is needed immediately – otherwise the Netherlands will be overtaken.”
Quantum technology is justifiably regarded as a key technology – with the potential to become a game-changer in many social and economic sectors. Examples include healthcare, agriculture, water and food, climate and safety.
“The prominent position of the Netherlands in the field of quantum technology is recognized and acknowledged worldwide,” Keijzer continues in the letter. “Universities and knowledge institutes are leaders in the development of qubits, quantum networks, quantum algorithms and post-quantum cryptography and act as a magnet for global business investment and talent.”
The initial investment will be coordinated and implemented by Quantum Delta NL, a foundation that is currently being set up by various parties including Quantum Delft.