U.S. Government Releases National Strategic Overview for Quantum Information Science and Awards $249 Million for Over a Hundred Different Quantum Related Research Projects



In a meeting in Washington, D.C., the Subcommittee on Quantum Information Science (SCQIS) of the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) released a policy roadmap for coordinating government funded R&D in quantum technologies for the federal government. Key aspects of this policy include the following:

The next steps in furthering this effort will include development of details execution plans to support the stated policy goals by the relevant government agencies and to identify Grand Challenges of fundamental scientific or technology problems in specific sub-fields whose solutions would have a broad economic and scientific impact. You can find the full document released by the Subcommittee on Quantum Information Science here and a summary report of the meeting and the breakout sessions held at the meeting here.

In association with this same meeting, the National Science Foundation (NSF) released $31 million in quantum related funding awards for 33 different projects.  The recipients included 27 different academic institutions and the projects are divided into two groups. The RAISE-TAQS group of projects will fund 25 different projects at about $1 million each for innovative, interdisciplinary research that will help lead to systems and proof-of-concept validations in quantum sensing, communication, computing and simulations. The RAISE-EQuIP group of projects will fund 8 different projects at about $750 thousand each for to explore the frontiers of quantum engineering and integrated approaches that go beyond the individual devices and components to enable scalable quantum communication systems.  For more details on the NSF awards, you can view the press release here and the awards for RAISE-TAQS here and the awards for RAISE-EQuIP here

The Department of Energy (DOE) also released $218 million in awards for 85 different projects.  The recipients include 28 different academic institutions and 9 national labs.  The awards were made by three different program offices in the DOE. The Basic Energy Sciences (BES) office made awards to 34 different projects, the High Energy Physics (HEP) office made 42 awards, and the Advanced Scientific Computing Research office (ASCR) made 9 awards.  You can view the DOE press release announcing the collection of program awards here.

One of the most significant of the DOE awards was to the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory for $30 million over five years for the Advanced Quantum Testbed project. The Berkeley Lab will collaborate with MIT Lincoln Laboratory (MIT LL) to deploy and evaluate different superconducting gate-level quantum processor architectures. In addition, a new organization called Berkeley Quantum, a partnership between UC Berkeley and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, has been created.  More details on the quantum testbed project can be found here and an announcement regarding Berkeley Quantum formation can be viewed here.