As part of their program called Expeditions in Computing, the National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded a $10 million grant to a consortium of five universities led by the University of Chicago to study Enabling Practical-Scale Quantum Computing (EPiQC). Other institutions in this consortium include the Georgia Institute of Technology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Princeton University and University of California, Santa Barbara. The focus of this five year program will involve studying new algorithms, software and hardware designs tailored to key properties of quantum technologies capable of 100 to 1,000 quantum bits. The project has a key goal of creating useful applications for the moderately sized machines expected to be available within the next few years, a concept called Noisy Intermediate Scale Quantum Technology (NISQ). The consortium will work with industry partners who will provide advice on the research. These partners include IBM, Google, Microsoft, Intel, Northrup Grumman, Lockheed Martin, Rigetti, and Ionq. For more details on this award, you can visit the NSF press release here, the University of Chicago press release here, and the EPiQC web site here.