Quantum Information Science and Engineering Research at NSF
NSF has a long history of investment in research that has helped lay the groundwork for the quantum-based technology that is on the horizon for rapid development over the next few years. Science and engineering stand before a new paradigm in which the exploitation of distinctly quantum phenomena offers major breakthroughs in areas such as sensing and measurement, computing and simulation, and communication and networking. At the same time industry is beginning to make its own investments as the first new products are identified and brought to market. This creates a need for a workforce trained in a spectrum of disciplines to develop the supply chain and turn new discoveries into practice.
NSF is committed to continuing to foster quantum-based research in the following three ways:
- Advancing Quantum Frontiers: Frontier knowledge generated through NSF-supported discoveries will open new vistas and opportunities in the quantum arena, such as new materials, circuits, and algorithms that enable novel quantum and post-quantum applications including artificial photosynthesis, highly sensitive radiation detectors, and many others not currently foreseen.
- Multidisciplinary Collaboration: NSF will capitalize on the full breadth of scientific and engineering areas that it funds to bring together researchers from multiple disciplines to address the fundamental science and engineering questions that will accelerate progress in all areas of quantum applications, from sensing to communication to computing to simulation.
- Workforce Development: Through its support for research and education at universities, NSF investments will build capacity by training the workforce that is essential to progress and commercialization in this rapidly expanding field of emerging technology.
NSF's investments are aligned with the National Quantum Initiative and address the policy goals expressed in the National Strategic Overview for Quantum Information Science (both issued in September 2018). NSF's continued support is expressed through investments in the core NSF disciplines as well as investments in specialized activities having specific targets, many of which overlap with NSF's Quantum Leap Big Idea.
- NSF's Quantum Leap
- Current Opportunities
- Ongoing Center-Scale Investments
- Other Ongoing Activities and Awards
- Related News
- Workshops and Reports
- Other Resources
- Participating NSF Directorates and Divisions
The National Science Foundation's Quantum Leap (QL) Big Idea seeks to go beyond ideas couched in classical approaches. QL will forge a paradigm shift by transitioning our thinking to truly quantum thinking. QL is poised to stimulate innovation and accelerate development of new technologies by focusing on the fundamental questions that need to be answered in order to realize the potential of this exciting opportunity. These include:
- Are there fundamental limits to how far we can push the entanglement and coherence frontiers for quantum states? Are there limits in time, distance, or scale?
- What can we learn from quantum phenomena in naturally-occurring and engineered quantum systems, including emergent behavior, complexity, quantum-classical boundaries, and their theoretical foundations?
- How do we galvanize the science and engineering community to enable quantum devices, systems, and technologies that surpass classical capabilities?
- How do we prepare an effective and diverse workforce to participate in and lead further advancements in quantum science and engineering?
- New! Dear Colleague Letter: International Collaboration Supplements in Quantum Information Science and Engineering Research: NSF invites requests for supplemental funding from existing quantum information science and engineering research awardees to add a new - or strengthen an existing - international dimension to their award.
- New! Dear Colleague Letter: Quantum Algorithm Challenge: NSF invites Research Concept Outlines (RCOs) for research ideas seeking to develop innovative quantum algorithms for many-body systems, develop novel algorithms that expand the applications of quantum computation, or propose new quantum-computing paradigms. RCOs should be submitted to QLQA@nsf.gov by April 15, 2020.
- Quantum Leap Challenge Institutes (QLCI): QLCI are large-scale interdisciplinary research projects that aim to advance the frontiers of quantum information science and engineering. Research at these Institutes will span the focus areas of quantum computation, quantum communication, quantum simulation and/or quantum sensing. Please contact QLCI@nsf.gov with any questions.
- Connections in Quantum Information Science (CQIS): The CQIS program is an activity that allows for the coordinated support of QIS research across core programs in six NSF divisions.
- Quantum Leap Challenge Institutes (QLCI) - Conceptualization Grants (CGs): CGs have been awarded as an initial step in the development of QLCIs. CG awards aim to support the formation of broadly convergent research teams to develop a compelling and comprehensive vision for a Challenge Institute. (Awards)
- Enabling Quantum Leap: Convergent Accelerated Discovery Foundries for Quantum Materials Science, Engineering and Information (Q-AMASE-i): The new Q-AMASE-i program establishes Foundries with mid-scale infrastructure for rapid prototyping and development of quantum materials and devices. (Awards)
- Joint Quantum Institute (JQI) at University of Maryland
- Institute for Quantum Information and Matter (IQIM) at California Institute of Technology
- MIT-Harvard Center for Ultracold Atoms (CUA)
- JILA at University of Colorado Boulder
- Center for Integrated Quantum Materials (CIQM) at Harvard University
- Enabling Quantum Leap: Quantum Idea Incubator for Transformational Advances in Quantum Systems (QII - TAQS) (Awards)
- NSF Quantum Computing & Information Science Faculty Fellows (QCIS-FF) (Awards)
- EQUiP: Engineering Quantum Integrated Platforms for Quantum Communication (Awards)
- Enabling Quantum Leap in Chemistry (QLC) (Awards)
- Enabling Quantum Leap: Achieving Room-Temperature Quantum Logic through Improved Low-Dimensional Materials ( Awards)
- RAISE on Enabling Quantum Leap: Transformational Advances in Quantum Systems (Awards)
- Ideas Lab: Practical Fully-Connected Quantum Computer Challenge (PFCQC)
- Resulting Award: PFCQC: STAQ: Software-Tailored Architecture for Quantum co-design
- Collaborative Research: EPiQC: Enabling Practical-scale Quantum Computing
- A "Quantum Leap" Demonstration of Topological Quantum Computing (Awards)
- NSF/DOE/AFOSR Quantum Science Summer School (QS3 program website)
- Previous: Johns Hopkins University (2017), Cornell University (2018), Penn State University (2019)
- Scheduled: UC Santa Barbara (2020)
- Quantum Information Science and Engineering Network (QISE-NET): Building "Triplets" to Bridge Academia and Industry (Award)
- Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation 2016 (EFRI-2016): Advancing Communication Quantum Information Research in Engineering (ACQUIRE) (Awards)
- National Science Foundation presents FY 2021 budget request
- New development in quantum computing
- Research reveals exotic quantum states in double-layer graphene
- Mysterious Majorana quasiparticle is now closer to being controlled for quantum computing
- 2018 Quantum Matters™ Science Communication Competition Finals - 2019 Telly Award Winner!
- NSF announces new awards for quantum research, technologies
- NSF launches effort to create first practical quantum computer
- NSF invests $30 million to pursue transformative advances at frontiers of computing and information science
Workshops & Reports
NSF Convergence Accelerator Workshop Series (Fall 2019)
- Architectures and Opportunities in Programmable Quantum Simulators (Report)
- Scalable Quantum Computing Laboratory (Report)
- Project Scoping Workshop (PSW) on Quantum Interconnects (QuIC) (Report)
QLCI Conceptualization Workshops (2019-2020)
- Distributed Quantum Systems Enhanced by Materials Design
- Northwest Quantum Nexus (NQN) Workshop on Quantum Transduction
- Identification and Control of Fundamental Properties of Quantum Systems
- Applications of Quantum Computing in Chemistry and Biology
Other Recent NSF-Supported Workshops & Reports
- Assessing Performance of Quantum Computers
- Quantum Algorithms for Quantum Chemistry and Materials
- Quantum Computing: Progress and Prospects
- Next Steps in Quantum Computing: Computer Science's Role (Report)
- Catalyzing Industry-University Collaboration in Quantum Technologies (Report)
- Quantum Biology and Quantum Processes in Biology (Video)
- Convergent Approach to the Challenges of Moore's Law
- Defects by Design: Quantum Nanophotonics in Emerging Materials (Report)
- NSF's Quantum Leap
- National Quantum Initiative Act
- National Strategic Overview for Quantum Information Science
- Video: Ten Big Ideas for Future NSF Investment
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