Goals of the Open Calls
The main objective of OpenQKD is to operate use-cases to demonstrate existing quantum communication technologies in testbeds with high user demand. Thereby one of the important goals is the increase of the technical readiness levels (TRL) to shift components, devices and systems out of development labs and to establish a Quantum Technology ecosystem.
These calls shall include additional participants that will bring hardware, software, ideas and concepts into the project to form use-cases. The suggestions for such use-cases are independent of each other and may be based on the existing testbed infrastructure. Alternatively, projects could also suggest networks and structures in new testbeds with the possibility to be realized with the resources from OpenQKD. Moreover, participants may propose methods for the development and benchmarking of security solutions using QKD as one of their building blocks.
Two calls within OpenQKD
We offered two opportunities to receive funding for new participants proposing new use-cases in OpenQKD. The registration for the first round of open calls ended on July 3rd 2020 and the proposed use cases are now rolled out. Currently we are processing the submissions of the second and last call whose registration phase ended on June 10th 2021.
The use cases accepted under the 1st Open Call can be viewed here.
Two-stage call procedure
In order to limit the time spent on the proposals of potential applicants we set a two-stage procedure. Only applicants that are evaluated favorably after a first short proposal will be asked to submit a longer proposal. The proposals will be evaluated according to innovation and implementation criteria.