About NQCP

Programme mission

The programme mission is to enable the development of fault tolerant quantum computing hardware and quantum algorithms that solve life-science relevant chemical and biological problems.

Vision and strategy

Quantum Computing has the potential to bring fundamentally new understanding and solutions to problems in both physical- and life sciences. The vision is to create a world-leading quantum ecosystem that radically improves the quantum computing landscape and creates societal impact. The programme will target applications with a focus on achieving practical quantum advantage in the computation field of bio/chemical problems that are important for life sciences and the green transition.

To get there, we will establish and facilitate an international mission-driven programme that involves all needed scientific and engineering fields. This is a challenging task, technically and organizationally, and requires the creation of an interdisciplinary quantum eco-system.

The phases of the programme

We are now in the initial preparation phase of the programme. This phase lasts two-year,  which includes hiring, lab construction, designing and developing equipment, establishing partnerships, prototyping, and many other areas. From beginning of 2025, the programme should be ready to start the Phase I work where a primary focus will be to identify routes to build fault tolerant quantum computing with an agnostic and agile approach hardware development with the infrastructure required to support it.


The programme will run for a period of 12 years with a preparation phase, a phase I explorative phase and a phase II engineering.

The programme will run for a period of 12 years with a preparation phase, a phase I explorative phase and a phase II engineering.

We expect to reach a level during phase I, where we can identify an engineering path to FTQC for the quantum algorithm directly relevant to the mission.

The criteria which form the basis for selecting the primary qubit platform will be based on “high-level algorithmic metrics” as measure of the performance of the error corrected qubits and their potential.

With the mission in mind, clearly defined objectives, activities, deliverables and stepping milestones will actively facilitate a focused interdisciplinary collaboration across the different research and engineering areas.

The scientific fields

We divide the scientific fields into three main areas, Quantum Processer Technologies (QPT), Control and Readout (C&R) and Quantum Algorithms and Applications (A&A) (see figure below), which are further divided into sections of expertise. Alignment across the different areas is coordinated by an interface integration team that makes sure the programme activities are aligned with the mission milestones. 

The scientific areas, QPT, C&R and A&A are strongly overlapping and interdepending, which requires integration of workflows across multiple disciplines and institutions.

Quantum Foundry

The QPT area will be supported by a Quantum Foundry, a company we establish with the focus enabling QPU fabrication, assembly and packaging technologies. The Copenhagen Quantum Foundry will be located on Campus and expected to be in operation in 2025.

Centre Hub

We aim to establish a centre hub that will become a highly collaborative and active “melting pot” of the three research areas and will be used to build a scientifically inclusive and innovative environment where researchers can broaden their understanding across the programme. Centre Hub will be located at the historic Niels Bohr Institute.