The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Defense Sciences Office (DSO) is sponsoring a Proposers Day to provide information to potential proposers on the objectives of an anticipated Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) for the Optimization with Noisy Intermediate-Scale Quantum devices (ONISQ) program. The Proposers Day will be held on March 19, 2019 in Arlington, Virginia. The event will be webcast for those who would like to participate remotely.

The purpose of the Proposers Day is for DARPA to explain the objectives and mechanics of the envisioned program and to encourage teaming arrangements between different organizations that may help them create a proposal to meet the goals of the ONISQ program. Following the Proposers Day, DARPA will issue a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) that will describe funding opportunities and details on how to submit a proposal to participate in the program.

The principal objective of the ONISQ program is to demonstrate quantitative advantage of Quantum Information Processing (QIP) over the best classical methods for solving combinatorial optimization problems using Noisy Intermediate-Scale Quantum (NISQ) devices. In addition, the program will identify families of problem instances in combinatorial optimization where QIP is likely to have the biggest impact.

For more details, you can view DARPA’s press release here and registration information to attend either in person or by webcast here.