(DW.com) The Pentagon reportedly funds projects ranging from commercial to military use. The US Department of Defense has provided $21.7 million (€19 million) to German universities and institutes since 2008 to conduct research, according to Der Spiegel.
RWTH Aachen received $530,000 for “a scalable and high performance approach to readout of silicon qubits” research project, which explores novel methods for qubit selection — key components of quantum computers. RWTH stands for “Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule,” or “Rhenish-Westphalian Technical University.”
RWTH Aachen was established in 1870 as the Royal Rhenish-Westphalian Polytechnic University. The non-technical faculties were created after World War Two, transforming the purely technical educational institution into a university. In 2007, as part of Germany’s Initiative for Excellence, RWTH Aachen was classified as one of nine outstanding German universities.