The Unitary Fund was established in 2018 to provide small micro-grants of $2,000 to fund people who wanted to explore open source quantum software projects. Since then it has funded eleven different projects in ten countries resulting in several technical papers being published and has helped to launch one new quantum startup.
They have just posted a new article on Medium in which the Unitary Fund announces that it is entering a new phase with funding from IBM, Google X, Microsoft, Rigetti, Xanadu, and Zapata Computing. The new funding will allow the standard micro-grant size to double to $4,000 and allow the Unitary Fund to support up to 40 new projects. In addition, the expanded program may allow funding of a broader range of projects and potentially include projects related to quantum hardware, quantum sensors, and other things that are not within the realm of open source quantum software.
Also in the announcement, the Unitary Fund announced that it has formed an internal research program which they call Unitary Labs. This effort will perform quantum research along with partners from universities and government labs. One such project is the TEAM (Tough Errors are No Match) project being led by the Applied Physics Lab at Johns Hopkins University which aims to improve the toolkit available for quantum compilers so that quantum hardware can be more robust to noisy components.
For more you can view the Medium article announcing the expanded Unitary Fund here and to see more details about their funding process and to apply for one of the micro-grants you can visit https://unitary.fund/.
November 21, 2019