QuantERA is divided into six Work Packages (WPs), each with its own objectives, tasks and deliverables. A Work Package Leader, responsible for the coordination of tasks, is appointed for each Work Package.
WP1: Programme management (Leader: NCN)
The overall objective of WP1 is the setting-up and implementation of the Consortium management for optimal coordination of the QuantERA Programme. WP1 includes liaising with and reporting to the European Commission. This WP will establish a dedicated management resource for the whole Programme and maintain the necessary infrastructure. Within the first 3 months, the Coordination Office and all the networking tools will be established: the QuantERA Steering Committee, comprising senior representatives of the national government/agencies in charge of programme policy; the Management Team, comprising the WP and tasks leaders; the Call Steering Committee with representatives of all agencies taking part in the Co-funded Call and the Strategic Advisory Board, comprising internationally recognised scientists and industrialists.
WP2: Co-funded Call Preparation and Launch (Leader: ANR)
The objectives of the WP2 are to establish the scientific content and procedures of the Co-funded Call, to launch and promote it among the scientific community and to assess the Co-funded Call processes. Also, this WP incorporates the organisation of a strategic meeting in order to identify Co-funded Call topics.
WP3: Co-funded Call Evaluation and Proposal Selection (Leader: ANR)
This WP is specifically dedicated to the implementation of the Co-funded Call. The implementation of the Co-funded Call will be based on the scientific and contractual framework agreed in WP2. An electronic submission and evaluation tool will be prepared and the Call Secretariat will be established. An Evaluation Panel (EP) will be formed. The evaluation will be implemented in two steps, each one with a meeting of the EP, followed by a meeting of the Call Steering Committee. The Call Steering Committee will take its final funding decision based strictly on the scientific recommendation of the EP (ranking list), using national contributions and EC top-up funding in order to maximise the number of selected excellent projects.
WP4: Monitoring, Follow-up and Impact Assessment (Leader: UEFISCDI)
WP4 will implement the QuantERA funded research projects’ evaluation, monitoring and follow-up. A special monitoring tool will be established for the follow-up on the funded projects. A mid-term monitoring event will be organised with the production of mid-term reports. The final project reports will constitute the basis for the QuantERA Final Report. The impact of QuantERA Programme as a whole will also be assessed within this WP.
WP5: Communication, exploitation and dissemination of results (Leader: NCN)
WP5 is focused on external communication with various stakeholders including academia, industry, policy makers and the broader public. It will include the implementation of a dedicated website, e-leaflets and dissemination activities in social and public media. The aim of this WP will be to raise the visibility of QuantERA and to promote the impact of research in QT. Two strategic conferences, a mid-term one and a final one will be organised, with QuantERA Members and a broad variety of stakeholders. Results of research projects funded by QuantERA will also be disseminated to industrial stakeholders.
WP6: Strategic Developments (additional activities) (Leader: FCT)
WP6 is dedicated to strategic development, and will assess and support the continuation of QuantERA beyond the first call, thus creating the opportunity to further enhance the research and innovation community around QT in Europe. Potential issues related to Responsible Research and Innovation will be studied. WP6 will also continuously monitor the development of the public policies in this field and foster cooperation with other countries in QT. In addition, QuantERA will seek to open and support two-way communication channels with industrial stakeholders and explore opportunities and topics for a potential future call.