DoE to provide $40M to advance quantum computing software

April 04, 2019 //By Rich Pell
DoE to provide $40M to advance quantum computing software
The U.S. Department of Energy has announced that it plans to provide $40 million in funding for research aimed at developing new algorithms and software tools for emerging quantum systems.

The effort, says the organization, seeks to move beyond the current relatively limited applications available on quantum computers toward more robust algorithms and application software that can be used on a practical level to tackle a range of scientific problems.

"I'm incredibly proud of all the work being done at DOE to harness the power of our world-class supercomputers to maintain America's leadership in areas like Quantum Computing," says U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry. "Continued investments in quantum computing will focus the intellectual prowess of our scientists and engineers on the development of technologies that the private sector can convert into commercial applications to improve the lives and security of all Americans."

The plan envisions the establishment of multidisciplinary teams, with some focusing on basic algorithms and others on the development of standard software tools, such as new high-level programming languages, compilers, debuggers, libraries, and input/output tools specifically geared to quantum computing. The goal is to develop software adaptable to a range of different quantum computing systems as well as a wide variety of potential applications.

Applications will be open to universities, national laboratories, industry, and nonprofits, with awards selected competitively by peer review. The total planned funding of $40 million is for five-year projects, with out-year funding pending congressional appropriations.

Letters of intent are required and are due on May 1st, 2019, by 5 PM EST. Final applications are due on May 31st, 2019, by 5 PM EST. For more on the Funding Opportunity Announcement, along with a parallel, companion announcement for DOE laboratories, see the DoE Funding Opportunities page.

U.S. Department of Energy

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