DOE announces funding for quantum research

DOE announces funding for quantum research

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The U.S. Department of Energy (Washington, DC) has announced an initiative to invest $30 million in quantum science.
By Rich Pell

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The DOE says it plans to invest up to $30 million in Quantum Information Science (QIS) over the next three years. The initiative will provide up to $10 million per year for three years on a competitive basis for research and new equipment at the DOE’s five Nanoscale Science Research Centers located at its National Laboratories across the country.

“Quantum Information Science represents the future in a wide range of fields from computing to physics to materials science, and it will play a major role in shaping the technologies of tomorrow,” said DOE Secretary Rick Perry in a statement. “It’s vital that American science and American scientists lead the way into this new era, and these planned investments in our DOE Nanoscale Science Research Centers are an important first step.”

The emergence of nanoscience and cutting-edge nanotechnology research facilities such as the NSRCs have provided a major starting point into quantum reality, says the DOE, which is why it is taking the next step in quantum studies. The effort is expected to generate a multitude of new, exotic materials with unprecedented properties as well as contribute to the development of many new technologies.

The five NSRCs invited to submit proposals for QIS funding include the Center for Nanoscale Materials at Argonne National Laboratory, the Center for Functional Nanomaterials at Brookhaven National Laboratory, the Molecular Foundry at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, the Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and the Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies jointly managed by Sandia National Laboratory and Los Alamos Laboratory.

The NSRC QIS initiative is one of a series of funding awards in QIS that DOE’s Office of Science plans for fiscal year 2018. Awards under these other solicitations are expected to provide additional funds in support of QIS research to institutions across the nation before the end of FY 2018.

For more, see “Quantum Information Science and Research Infrastructure” (PDF).

Department of Energy

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