The Finnish Quantum Flagship received its first round of funding from the Research Council of Finland in January 2024. Photo: Mikko Raskinen/Aalto University

Science and technology

Finland is making a bold move in the realm of quantum technology with the Research Council of Finland announcing a significant €13 million funding boost for the Finnish Quantum Flagship (FQF). This substantial investment marks the beginning of an ambitious eight-year project, set to commence in March 2024, with the first five years seeing this initial funding bolstered by equal contributions from member organizations.

The FQF, a consortium of leading Finnish institutions, includes Aalto University (coordinator), VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, the University of Helsinki, the University of Jyväskylä, Tampere University, the University of Oulu, and CSC-IT Centre for Science. This collaborative effort aims to propel Finland to the forefront of quantum research, education, and technological development.

Under the leadership of Professor Peter Liljeroth from Aalto University, the FQF is poised to enhance Finland's already strong reputation in the quantum field. "The spirit of collaboration among Finnish universities, research institutions, government agencies, and industrial partners sets us apart in the global race for quantum technology advancements," states Liljeroth.

The focus of the FQF extends beyond fostering national collaboration. One of its key objectives is to address the persistent challenge of attracting and retaining international talent in the quantum sector. With this funding, the FQF will initiate new research activities, industrial collaborations, and raise quantum technology awareness through open-access educational programs and trainings.

Moreover, the FQF is not just a national endeavor but also a Nordic and international one. Collaborations are underway with neighboring Nordic countries as part of the Nordic Quantum international collaborative, and broader European and bilateral relations, especially with the United States, have been strengthening over the years.

Housed within InstituteQ, the Finnish quantum institute founded in 2021, the FQF will serve as a catalyst for research excellence, technological adoption, commercial opportunities, and national training programs in quantum science and technology. This flagship project, with its multifaceted approach and international collaborations, is set to solidify Finland's position as a leader in the rapidly evolving quantum technology landscape.