Competence Center Quantum Computing Baden-Württemberg

Advancing the key technology of quantum computing in Germany: That is the goal of the nationwide Fraunhofer Competence Network Quantum Computing. The Competence Center Quantum Computing Baden-Württemberg (KQCBW) is a central element in this endeavor.

Within the KQCBW, the first IBM quantum computer was installed on German soil and made available to industrial companies, SMEs, start-ups and academic institutions for application-related use. Pioneering work was carried out in the development of quantum computing and key competencies were developed at the two institutes Fraunhofer IAF and IAO.

In order to bring quantum computers into industrial use as quickly as possible, the Fraunhofer Institutes IAF and IAO are also offering a series of training courses for companies.

The coordination of the Competence Center Quantum Computing Baden-Württemberg is carried out at the Fraunhofer IAF together with the Fraunhofer IAO in Stuttgart.

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Ministry of Economics funds joint research projects on quantum computing with more than 12 million euros

With a total of more than 12 million euros, the Ministry of Economics, Labor and Tourism Baden-Württemberg will fund five collaborative research projects for 15 months starting at the beginning of 2023. The projects successfully applied for funding under the second funding call of the “Competence Center Quantum Computing Baden-Württemberg” in cooperation with the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft. In the projects, researchers from a total of six Fraunhofer institutes will work together with 17 other university, college and non-university institutes in the state, as well as 56 associated corporate partners from Baden-Württemberg and Germany, to advance research and development work on various topics using quantum computing resources from the competence center.

Joint projects

Within the Competence Center Quantum Computing, five projects are being funded in the second project period from 2023 to 2024. Further information on the current projects is available here.

Portfolio of Fraunhofer IAF in the Competence Center

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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
  • Siumaltion of use cases and programming of quantum algorithms

Partners in the Competence Center

Fraunhofer IAF (Freiburg) and Fraunhofer IAO (Stuttgart) coordinate the Competence Center Quantum Computing Baden-Württemberg. Both institutes have a high-performance computer pool for training and schooling purposes, each consisting of ten workstations and one conventional high-performance computer connected to the IBM quantum computers.

Six Fraunhofer Institutes are collaborating on the five projects, along with 17 other university, college and non-university institutes from the state as well as about 56 associated cooperate partners from Baden-Württemberg and Germany.

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© IBM Research

"The agreement with the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft to install the first of our quantum systems outside the USA in Germany and make it available to the organization opens up the opportunity to further develop the technology and skills here in Germany and across Europe."

Dr. Heike Riel, Head Science & Technology, Lead IBM Research Quantum Europe, IBM Research

© Robert Bosch GmbH

"We research possible applications for quantum computers and develop quantum computer software, especially for material simulation as well as optimization issues. In the Competence Center, we can test our software on a scalable quantum computer."

Dr. Thomas Strohm, Senior Expert and Coordinator of Quantum Technologies, Robert Bosch GmbH


"Our activities on the topic of Next Generation Computing cover areas that are highly relevant for the chemical industry, such as molecular simulation and machine learning. In this context, quantum computing in particular can open up completely new possibilities.”

Dr. Michael Kühn, Digitalization of R&D – Quantum Chemistry, BASF SE 

News & press releases about the Competence Center


News 10/28/2022

Quantum computing Developer Conference

First Developer Conference of the Competence Center Quantum Computing Baden-Württemberg


Press release 06/08/2022

Baden-Württemberg funds collaborative projects on quantum computing

Economics Ministry published the second call for funding of projects running from 2023 to 2024.


News 06/15/2021

Curtain up: Fraunhofer and IBM to unveil quantum computer

Inauguration of the quantum computer in Ehningen


News 04/23/2021

Diamond-based quantum hardware for scalable quantum processors

Start of the joint project “QC-4-BW” within the Competence Center Quantum Computing Baden-Württemberg


News 01/08/2021

Funding programme for quantum computing

€19 million state funds go to projects in the Fraunhofer Competence Center “Quantum Computing Baden-Württemberg“.

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.

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