Center for Quantum Computing

Organisational structure of the competence network with currently seven competence centres in the participating federal states.

In cooperation with IBM Germany, the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft is establishing a national competence network in the research field of quantum computing. The aim is to develop quantum-based computing strategies for the next generation of high-performance computers. With the participation of currently eleven Fraunhofer Institutes, specialist expertise is being pooled in regional competence centers.

Within the Competence Center »Quantum Computing Baden-Württemberg«, Baden-Württemberg will become the home of the first IBM quantum computer in Germany in order to use the existing high-tech landscape of large-scale industry, SMEs and start-ups for the application-oriented use of the high-performance computer.

For this purpose, IBM will provide an IBM Q System at its Ehningen site (> 25 qubits) from 2021. The robust configuration (service life > 95%) enables a variety of research topics from essential algorithms, software development and the design of elementary logic operations to the control of the quantum processor in the actual computing process. The location in Baden-Württemberg enables the operation of this IBM quantum computer under German legislation (data protection, IP security).


We are coordinating the Competence Center »Quantum Computing Baden-Württemberg« at IAF together with Fraunhofer IAO in Stuttgart.

Portfolio of Fraunhofer IAF in the Competence Center

© Fraunhofer IAF

Fraunhofer IAF contributes research on improving the performance of entangled qubits and quantum memories. The aim is to increase the achievable computing times of quantum computers and reduce error rates by developing novel quantum hardware.

This is what we are working on:

  • Development of novel material structures and process technologies including analytics
  • Quality assurance of quantum electronic devices
  • Research into new assembly and connection techniques
  • Demonstration of powerful quantum memory and processing components

Project partners wanted

We want to test your applications and get to know your needs. Therefore, we are looking for research partners who would like to advance quantum computing research in Baden-Württemberg in the following areas:

  • Co-design of quantum hardware and quantum software
  • Development of novel quantum processors and quantum memories
  • Development of quantum algorithms for optimization processes
    (logistic processes, mobility management, material development, personalised medical technology, etc.)
  • Innovative engineering methods and usage models

We are looking forward to hearing about your ideas! If you are interested in a joint project, please get in touch with us.


Procedure and deadlines:

The Fraunhofer-gesellschaft will propose project topics and, in agreement with the Ministries of Economic Affairs and Science of the federal state of Baden-Württemberg, will publish a call for proposals by May 2020. The evaluation of the proposals submitted by July 2020 will be coordinated by the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft's Director of Research and by external reviewers by October 2020, and will include a presentation by the project consortium to a review committee. The funding decision by the Ministry of Economic Affairs, as well as a possible implementation of possible conditions, should be made by November 2020, so that the scientific projects can start in January 2021.

News & press releases about the Competence Center


Press release / 13.5.2020

Start of the Fraunhofer Competence Center »Quantum Ccomputing Baden-Württemberg«


News / 19.3.2020

Baden-Württemberg to fund »Competence Center Quantum Computing«

Funding of up to € 40 million in the coming four years.


News / 13.3.2020

Fraunhofer und IBM bring quantum computing to Germany

For research and industry: Fraunhofer gets access to an IBM quantum computer to research technology, application scenarios and algorithms.



Further information

Quantum computing at Fraunhofer IAF


An overview of the research work of Fraunhofer IAF in the field of quantum computing can be found here.

Project Sequence



Project Sequence develops cryogenic electronics for quantum computers.


Funded by the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Labour and Housing Baden-Württemberg