The Integration Lab of Quantum Valley Lower Saxony (QVLS) has advanced to the second round of the Clusters4Future programme of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research as one of 15 projects. Originally, 117 projects had applied for funding by February 2021. With the competition, the Federal Ministry aims to strengthen regional innovation networks between universities, research institutions and companies. In the Integration Lab (iLab), the partners Leibniz Universität Hannover, Technische Universität Braunschweig, Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt and the DLR Institute for Satellite Geodesy and Inertial Sensing within the Quantum Valley Lower Saxony (QVLS) want to advance the transfer of knowledge and technology from quantum research, especially quantum computing, to industry.

iLab will have 250,000 euros at its disposal over the next six months to develop a viable concept. Up to seven clusters will be selected in mid-2022. These can realise their concepts in up to three implementation phases over three years each. Funding of up to five million euros is planned per funded cluster and year.