My experience in the Horizon Europe Programme


As mentioned in the EC website, Horizon Europe is the EU’s key funding programme for research and innovation with a budget of €95.5 billion. It tackles climate change, helps to achieve the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and boosts the EU’s competitiveness and growth.


The programme facilitates collaboration and strengthens the impact of research and innovation in developing, supporting and implementing EU policies while tackling global challenges. It supports creating and better dispersing of excellent knowledge and technologies. It creates jobs, fully engages the EU’s talent pool, boosts economic growth, promotes industrial competitiveness and optimises investment impact within a strengthened European Research Area. Legal entities from the EU and associated countries can participate. 


The Hyperspace project


HYPERSPACE aims to extend the hitherto untapped potential of high-dimensionally entangled photons to long-distance free-space communications. Encoding several qubits per transmitted photon increases channel capacity and yields significant benefits in the implementation of advanced quantum information processing protocols, such as improving resilience with respect to noise and eavesdropping in secure quantum communications. Therefore, increasing the dimensionality of quantum systems can be considered as one of the next important technological steps to realize more practical quantum protocols in real-world scenarios.


To this end, HYPERSPACE encompasses research along the complete process chain of photonic quantum information processing, from noise-resilient quantum state encoding, over fully fibered and photonic integrated quantum light sources and free-space compatible state analyzers to the implementation advanced quantum protocols facilitated using quantum state encoding in multiple, high-dimensional degrees of freedom.


Building on this approach a technology roadmap towards an intercontinental quantum communication network linking Canada and Europe will be provided. To facilitate deployment on scalable small-scale satellite platforms, HYPERSPACE aims not only to develop new protocols based on hyper-entanglement, but also to transfer these to low-cost scalable photonic integration platforms.


For more information about the European digital strategy about Quantum follow this link.



Hyperspace project Quantum



Hyperspace project partners

The partners involved are European and Canadian: the coordinator is Fraunhofer IOF – (Germany), and European beneficiaries are: Università degli Studi di Pavia and Università degli Studi di Padova (Italia), Commissariat à l’énergie atomique et aux énergies alternatives (Francia), Technische Universitaet Wien (Austria).


The Canadian partners are: Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique – INRS, University of Toronto – UT and University of Waterloo.

My role in the project

My work within Hyperspace, as a member of the NeroSuBianco team, entailed the coordination and project design to present a project proposal under an Horizon Europe call/topic (RIA), which has been successfully funded.


Specifically, I have collected technical information from partners and merged together to fulfill the call/topic requirements. The whole process implies good co-ordination of the various partners at transnational level, through web-meetings and the exchange of technical documentation. 


Sara Canella

Sara Canella

EU Funding, Innovation & Marketing

I am a freelance consultant specialized in applying for and managing European funding for companies and start-ups active in the field of research and innovation. My work includes the creation of business plans, development plans and marketing plans aiming at applying for European calls for proposals. My objective is to provide companies active in innovation with some concrete tools to start their projects and with my know-how to convert them into real business opportunities.