Competence Center Quantum Computing Baden-Württemberg

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”, the first IBM quantum computer on German soil was installed and is available to industrial companies, SMEs, startups as well as academic institutions for application-related use.

The IBM Quantum System One at the Ehningen site allows for 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).

Technical data:

  • 27 superconducting qubits
  • Quantum volume of 32
  • Coherence time ≈ 100 μs
  • Single qubit gate error ≈ 0,05%
  • 2 qubit gate error ≈ 1%
  • Operation time 2 Qubit Gate ≈ 500 ns for CNOT


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

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Baden-Württemberg invites tenders for second funding phase for collaborative projects

The Ministry of Economic Affairs, Labour and Tourism of Baden-Württembergg, together with the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, published a second call for proposals for funding collaborative research projects under the KQC on June 7, 2022. In the second funding phase from January 1, 2023, to March 31, 2024, the state will again support cooperative research work in the field of quantum technologies that aims to transfer the results of basic and preliminary research into practical applications and make them economically viable. In this way, the Economics Ministry and the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft want to further expand the quantum computing ecosystem of universities, research institutes, start-ups and companies in Baden-Württemberg.

The application deadline is July 29, 2022, and potential applicants will have the opportunity to learn in advance about the design of potential projects and collaborations, the use of IBM’s “Q System One” and the planned training courses in a Q&A session on the second funding phase. The Q&A session will take place as an online meeting on Thursday, June 23, 2022, from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. Mehran Ghahremanpour from the Baden-Württemberg Economics Ministry and Dr. Martin Walther from Fraunhofer IAF will be among those available to answer questions. Prior registration by e-mail is required.

Collaborative projects

Within the Competence Center Quantum Computing, projects are funded by the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Labour and Tourism Baden-Württemberg. Six projects will be funded in the first project period 2021 – 2022, three of them with the participation of Fraunhofer IAF. Find more information about the projects here.

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

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 six projects, along with 16 other university, college and non-university institutes from the state as well as about 40 associated cooperate partners from Baden-Württemberg and Germany.

If you are also interested in the competence center, please feel free to contact us at

© 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


Online event 06/23/2022

Q&A session on the second funding phase

Learn more about the second funding of collaborative projects within 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