Around 20 million euros for new professorships in Bavaria

The universities in Augsburg, Würzburg, Erlangen-Nuremberg and Munich, as well as the technical universities of applied sciences in Regensburg and Nuremberg, will receive around twenty million euros in funding from Bavaria's High-Tech Agenda to enable them to further strengthen their profile in quantum sciences and quantum technologies.

"With Munich Quantum Valley as its epicenter, the Free State of Bavaria is already an internationally recognized top location for quantum technologies. We want to further expand this lead and therefore, with the funding of selected quantum professorships, we are building-up further know-how in the entire Free State," explained Science Minister Markus Blume on the occasion of the announcement of the funding.

"This benefits the entire Free State as a science and business location. The funding comes from resources of our multi-billion innovation offensive, the Hightech Agenda Bavaria," Blume continued.

The new program to strengthen quantum professorships is one of several measures of the High-Tech Agenda Bavaria with which the Free State intends to support its universities in attracting even more excellently trained professors for research and development at the science location Bavaria.

A unique network for quantum technologies

In total, the Free State is investing around 300 million euros in quantum sciences and technologies through the Hightech Agenda. The centerpiece is the Munich Quantum Valley (MQV) initiative, an alliance of Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities (BAdW), Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU), German Aerospace Center (DLR), Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (LMU), Max Planck Society (MPG) and Technical University of Munich (TUM).

Munich Quantum Valley pursues the primary goal of establishing a center for quantum computing and quantum technologies that will bring together industry and science in these future fields. The primary aim here is to promote basic research and the development of enabling technologies, as well as to develop, build and operate quantum computers.

In addition, the participating universities and research institutions want to establish a quantum technology park to bundle research capacities and accelerate the rapid translation of scientific findings into market-ready products.

Last but not least, Munich Quantum Valley also aims to promote the scientific qualification and further education of a new generation of researchers from the fields of natural sciences, engineering and computer science with a focus on quantum technologies.

Find the original press release in German here.