NSF invites proposals for research on cryogenic systems, cycles and materials

November 30, 2021

The advancement of quantum-enabled devices for many applications, such as computing, sensing and communications, is dependent upon the use of ultra-low temperatures, <1K, which maintains the devices at their optimal operating temperature. 

The NSF Directorate for Engineering (ENG) and Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MPS) invite the submission of Early-concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGER) proposals to focus on new approaches to refrigeration at <1K, materials needed to enable ultra-low temperature refrigeration, and new processing techniques needed to fabricate these new types of refrigeration systems.

Learn more in Dear Colleague Letter: Cryogenics below 1K - Systems, Cycle, and Materials (NSF 22-018).

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