Societal impact of quantum technology

This thematic programme of the Dutch Research Agenda (NWA) is aimed at the ethical, legal and societal aspects of the influences that quantum technology will have on our society.

  • Aim and objectives

    New techniques such as quantum computing and quantum simulation (calculation), quantum sensing (measurement) and quantum communication (internet) are part of the second wave of quantum technology. Experts expect that quantum technology will have a great impact on our society. It is difficult to predict what the positive and negative changes will be or when these will occur. This development comes with the responsibility to think about these aspects in good time.

  • Budget and duration

    The call for proposals was launched in the summer of 2021. For this call, € 2,865,000 is available for proposals for projects of € 500,000 to € 925,000. The duration of the project is at least four and at most five years.

  • Partners

    The initiators of this call are the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy and the Ministry of Defence.

  • Committees

    NWA thematic programmes have two committees: a supervisory committee and an assessment committee.

    Supervisory committee

    An advising supervisory committee is set up for each NWA thematic programme. This committee is responsible for the supervision of the programme as a whole and its projects. It monitors the potential synergy between the various projects, their progress and the results achieved in relation to knowledge utilisation. The supervisory committee can also play a role in stimulating productive interactions between consortia and policy practice.

    The participating government authorities are represented in the supervisory committee, in addition to a delegation from the research and societal partners. Important stakeholders can also participate in the supervisory committee, for instance because they represent the field of expertise and can stimulate knowledge exchange and sharing with practitioners.

    Assessment Committee

    An independent committee assesses the pre-proposals and the full proposals. In accordance with the NWA approach, the assessment committee has a broad composition. This means that not only scientists but also representatives from the entire knowledge chain and sociaetl stakeholders can become a member of the assessment committee. The participating government authorities are not represented in the assessment committee, but are allowed to be present as observers during meetings.


Dr Stephan van Duren - NWA

Dr Stephan van Duren - NWA
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