After several years of preparation and discussion, the JARA Institute for Quantum Information was founded by a joint act of Forschungszentrum Jülich and RWTH Aachen University on 1st April 2016. It institutionalizes the strong research linkage in the area of quantum computing, and other areas of quantum information, that already existed between the two organizations.
Quantum Information started as a small institute at RWTH Aachen University in 2011, coinciding with the arrival of David Divincenzo there as a von Humboldt Professor; soon after, Hendrik Bluhm joined as Professor in the II. Physics Institute at Aachen. These units always cooperated with their counterparts at Forschungszentrum Jülich under the JARA umbrella, but it was decided to make this cooperation more concrete by the founding of joint institutes; PGI-10 and PGI-11 were the first instances of these.
In the spirit of the Jülich-Aachen Research Alliance (JARA), the JARA-Institute Quantum Information is jointly headed by Prof. Dr. David DiVincenzo, who also heads the Jülich institutes PGI-2 and IAS-3 and a group at the RWTH Aachen University, and Prof. Dr. Hendrik Bluhm, head of the Quantum Technology Group at RWTH Aachen University.