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QuTech was founded in 2014 as a collaboration between Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) and the Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO). It is positioned as separate research institute within the TU Delft organisation.

QuTech is governed by the “Partnership Agreement QuTech”. The governance structure is divided into three Divisions: Quantum Computing, Quantum Internet, and Qubit Research. The highest governing body of QuTech is the Board of Directors, responsible for research, business development, and operations. The Board of Directors governs and manages QuTech, in consultation with the division leaders. It consists of three members. The Research Director acts as primus inter pares.

  • Lieven Vandersypen, Director Research
  • Kees Eijkel, Director of Business Development
  • Charlotte van Hees, Director of Operations
The QuTech Board of Directors reports directly to the TU Delft Executive Board. The TU Delft Executive Board consults the Executive Board of TNO where appropriate, for example on decisions with financial consequences. The Research Director and Operations Director are employed by TU Delft, the Business Development Director is employed by TNO.


Public funding of QuTech is based on a partner covenant, signed in 2015 by the following partners:

  • The Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate (MinEZK)
  • The Ministry of Education, Culture and Science (MinOCW)
  • The Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO)
  • Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)
  • The Dutch Research Council (NWO), specifically:
    NWO domain Applied and Engineering Sciences (NWO/TTW)
    NWO domain Science (NWO/ENW)
  • TKI Holland High Tech

These partners agreed to financially support QuTech for the 10-year period from June 2015 to June 2025.
Our researchers also receive funding via research grants of public and private origin.