We reported last year on the U.S. National Science Foundation’s (NSF) “Big Ideas” concept to fund bold long-term research and process ideas, the NSF is setting up the Quantum Leap Challenge Institutes (QLCI) to perform research in the focus areas of quantum technology. Today, the concept has turned into reality with NSF’s announcement in partnership with the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy of three Quantum Leap Challenge Institutes.

The programs will last for five years for a period starting September 1, 2020 through August 31, 2025 and each institute will receive up to $25 million each.  An amount of $7.7 million has been awarded to each institute so far.

The institutes will partner with a community of 16 core academic institutions, 8 national laboratories, and 22 industrial enterprises (including Boeing, Lockheed, Northrop Grumman, IBM, and Google) to provide resources to fulfill their mission. In addition to their research goals, the institutes will also develop educational programs aimed for students starting with primary schools all the way to the professional levels to help train a quantum-ready U.S. workforce.

For more details, you can view NSF’s press release announcing the formation of these new Quantum Leap Challenge Institutes here.

July 21, 2020