The following is a list of government and non-profit agencies that perform research or provide funding for Quantum Computing. More information on their activities will be added as this web site is built out. Please send any additions or corrections to firstname.lastname@example.org.
ARC Centre of Excellence for Engineered Quantum Systems (EQuS)
EQuS was started in 2010 under the Australian Research Council (ARC) of the Australian Government to study and exploit the strangest features of quantum physics. They have three main areas of research including Quantum Measurement & Control, Quantum-Enabled Sensors & Metrology, and Synthetic Quantum Systems & Quantum Simulation.
Centre for Quantum Computation & Communication Technology (CQC2T)
The is another Centre of Excellence under the Australian Research Council that has 17 coordinated programs involving facilities at six different universities in Australia. Part of their team at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) made recent news by fabricating a two qubit logic gate in silicon and using it to create entangled qubits. Because they used silicon process technology, similar to that used in the semiconductor industry, they believe that they will be able to scale up their technology without too much difficulty. Besides their research in Silicon Quantum Computation they also do research in the areas of Quantum Communication, Optical Quantum Computation, and Quantum Resources & Integration.
Centre for Quantum Technologies
Located in Singapore, The Centre for Quantum Technologies brings together quantum physicists and computer scientists to explore the quantum nature of reality and quantum possibilities in technology. The Centre boasts a world-class research program with strong theory and experiment groups. Their mission is to conduct interdisciplinary theoretical and experimental research in quantum theory and its application to information technologies.
Chinese Academy of Sciences – Key Laboratory of Quantum Information
The Chinese Academy of Sciences is China’s largest research organization consisting of over 100 different research institutes. The Key Laboratory of Quantum Information works on a number of different quantum information projects. Recently they announced the formation of a public quantum computing cloud platform that will be used to help develop quantum programming. (Note: The web sites are published in Chinese but you can use Google Translate to translate them to English.)
The DNA-SEQ Alliance is an inter-disciplinary, cross-organizational effort that is designed to revolutionize cancer treatment and drug discovery, focusing on protein kinase inhibition. They have a partnership with D-Wave and 1QBit to leverage quantum computation to perform rapid and inexpensive genomic sequencing, creating bioinformatics profiles that enable detailed crystallographic analysis. Using quantum computation technology will allow them to perform 3D precision crystallography using a patient’s full genomic data rather that just a small subset that can be done with existing technology.
IARPA (Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity)
The U.S. government agency IARPA has a program called Quantum Enhanced Optimization (QEO) has issued a BAA (Broad Agency Announcement) to provide funding research into enhanced methods for quantum annealing to solve hard combinatorial optimization problems. The program is expected to last five years and be split into two phases with a goal of achieving a 104 speed-up with polynomial improvement in scaling complexity over classical methods.
Los Alamos National Laboratory
Los Alamos is a U.S. national laboratory with a stated mission is to solve national security challenges through scientific excellence. Los Alamos formally organized a Quantum Institute in 2002 to perform research into Quantum Computing and Quantum Cryptography. Los Alamos has been exploring quantum computers constructed using solid-state devices and they have been collaborating with researchers from the University of New South Wales, California Institute of Technology, and the University of Maryland. Most recently Los Alamos announced it is purchasing a D-Wave 2X computer allowing them to critically evaluate quantum annealing technology and becoming D-Wave’s third announced customer.
NASA Ames – Quantum Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (QuAIL)
The QuAIL research team at NASA Ames explores applications of quantum information processing to NASA missions, particularly quantum algorithms for hard computational problems that arise in optimization problems related to mission tasks in aeronautics, Earth and space sciences, and space operations and exploration. In collaboration with Google and USRA they operate the D-Wave 2X computer that has been installed at NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California.
National Institute of Science and Technology (NIST)
NIST has a research focus on understanding the potential for quantum-based technology to transform security, computing and communications, and to develop the measurement and standards infrastructure necessary to exploit this potential. Breakthroughs at NIST enabled the first forays into real-world quantum computing and tested the limits of quantum information and security. NIST is also developing the technology to harness the power of quantum computing in the everyday world through nanotechnology. NIST has also established partnerships with the University of Colorado Boulder to operate JILA and the University of Maryland to operate the Joint Quantum Institute (JQI) and with the Joint Center for Quantum Information and Computer Science (QuICS) to undertake fundamental quantum research.
National Science Foundation (NSF)
The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency created by the U.S. Congress in 1950 “to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; to secure the national defense. NSF has a Quantum Information Science (QIS) group that supports theoretical and experimental proposals that explore quantum applications to new computing paradigms or that foster interactions between physicists, mathematicians, and computer scientists that push the frontiers of quantum-based information, transmission, and manipulation.
National Security Agency (NSA)
The National Security Agency/Central Security Service (NSA/CSS) leads the U.S. Government in cryptology that encompasses both Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) and Information Assurance (IA) products and services. They have an obvious interest in utilizing quantum computation to break codes and according to leaked documents from Edward Snowden they have allocated nearly $80 million for quantum computer development, with most of the work taking place at the Laboratory for Physical Sciences at University of Maryland’s College Park campus. Most recently NSA Information Assurance Directorate (IAD) has started planning and research into quantum resistant algorithms and you can read about some of their preliminary plans to transition to quantum resistant algorithms here.
Networked Quantum Information Technologies (NQIT)
NQIT is the largest of four hubs in the UK National Quantum Technology Program. The UK government is investing 270 million pounds to establish a quantum technology industry which includes funds to develop the Q20/20 quantum computer demonstrator, a hybrid light-matter quantum computer involving twenty nodes, optically interlinked, where each node is a small quantum processor of twenty qubits.
Oak Ridge National Laboratory – Quantum Computing Institute
The Quantum Computing Institute (QCI) is a lab-wide collaboration at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) that promotes the use of theory, computation, and experiment in the research and development of quantum information technologies. They leverage ORNL capabilities in material fabrication and characterization, high-performance computing, and electrical systems and sensors to develop the ideas and platforms needed for beyond CMOS technologies. QCI fosters collaborations between ORNL staff scientist and with external research partners to accelerate development and more quickly realize the benefits from quantum computing.
Oak Ridge National Laboratory – Quantum Information Science Group
The Quantum Information Science (QIS) group at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory applies the principles and techniques of quantum physics to real-world problems in communication, computing, and sensing. The sometimes surprising behavior of light and matter at the quantum level enables results that are simply not possible in the classical world. The group carries out basic and applied research to identify and exploit these effects in order to realize the promises of QIS.
Paris Centre for Quantum Computing (PCQC)
The Paris Centre for Quantum Computing is a multi-disciplinary team of researchers from around 20 core member organizations including CNRS, Télécom ParisTech, participating Universities, INRIA and others with the objective of performing higher impact research and becoming a focal point for research in quantum computing in Europe and internationally. PCQC aspires to break the ground for the development of novel quantum information and communication technologies by uniquely combining concepts from quantum computation, communication and cryptography. The long-term objectives of the centre are: high impact, interdisciplinary research; international visibility for the quantum research in Paris and in France; the dissemination of quantum research via workshops/visits and students exchange; and the collaboration with industry for the commercialization of end-to-end quantum solutions.
The Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics is a non-profit center for scientific research, training and educational outreach in foundational theoretical physics based in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. Quantum Information is one of the nine major research areas at the Institute. Perimeter does a great deal of theoretical work to help aid the construction of a quantum computer. Some of their work is performed in association with the Institute for Quantum Computing which is located nearby at the University of Waterloo.
Quantum World Association
Quantum World Association in an independent non-for-profit organization, whose purpose is to support its close community of members, bringing together companies in the field of quantum technologies and services. and analyze industry developments. Key goals of the association will be to connect people involved with the quantum industry, share business insights B2B, and to provide an industry knowledge center for expertise in quantum technologies.
QuSoft, located in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, is a new research center formed in December 2015 dedicated to quantum software. It is a joint initiative between CWI, UvA, and VU. QuSoft will be focusing its research in the areas of few-qubit applications, quantum testing and debugging, quantum archietectures, and quantum cryptography.
Located in Delft, the Netherlands, QuTech is a joint public-private partnership organization with partners TU Delft and TNO and others that develops quantum technologies based on superposition and entanglement aimed at scalable quantum networks and quantum computers. QuTech’s research is guided by three roadmap paths including Fault Tolerant Quantum Computing, Quantum Internet, and Topological Quantum Computing.
Universities Space Research Association (USRA)
USRA is an independent, nonprofit research corporation where the combined efforts of in-house talent and university-based expertise merge to advance space science and technology. They collaborate with Google and NASA Ames to operate the DWave 2X computer installed at the NASA Ames Research Center. As part of the collaboration an allocation of 20% of the computing time will be provided to the research community at no cost through a competitive selection process. Through this competitive process, research organizations will be able to utilize a state-of-the-art quantum computer, and also collaborate with researchers at NASA, Google and other universities.