News – WASHINGTON, DC. – The US Department of Energy (DOE) announced $ 73 million funding to move forward Quantum Information Science (QIS) Research to help scientists better understand the physical world and use nature for the benefit of humans and society. The 29 projects announced today will examine the materials and chemical processes required to develop the next generation of quantum intelligent devices and quantum computing technologies – critical tools for solving the most pressing and complex challenges, from climate change to national security.
“Quantum science represents the next technological revolution and frontier in the information age, and America is at the forefront,” said Energy Minister Jennifer M. Granholm. “At DOE, we are investing in basic research led by universities and our national labs that will strengthen our resilience to growing cyber threats and climate disasters and pave the way to a cleaner, safer future.”
QIS helps researchers discover new ways of measuring, analyzing, processing and communicating information and aims to drive the next generation of computer and information processing. Potential applications for this work range from quantum computers, which enable complex performance predictions to prevent failures during extreme weather events, to quantum devices, which enable new smart windows, clothing and buildings that can change their properties if necessary.
Today’s funding announcement totals $ 73 million for projects up to three years. The winners will conduct basic research to understand, predict and ultimately control matter and energy at the electronic, atomic and molecular level. These projects include the control of atomic defects, light-matter interactions and the transmission of coherent quantum information.
“The advancement of quantum information science will support our national security as well as our economy. I am delighted that Dartmouth researchers continue to be at the forefront of innovation and I will continue to work across parties to invest in quantum research. ” said US Senator Maggie Hassan.
“Today it is crucial that we unlock the potential of quantum information science and quantum computing. This funding for California research projects will help us get one step closer to interpreting and harnessing the untapped power and efficiency of a quantum system. Given the many challenges we face, quantum computing is an exciting potential path to the future, ”said US Senator Alex Padilla.
“Our Hampton Roads colleges are at the forefront of groundbreaking research. I am proud to secure funding for our universities to ensure that the United States remains the world leader in scientific discovery, ”said US Representative Elaine Luria.
“Researchers at UMass Lowell have done cutting-edge work, particularly in materials science such as quantum mechanics, and have strengthened the university’s reputation as a leading research institution. This Department of Energy award is testament to their work and will prove critical to the progress that UMass Lowell makes on some of the greatest challenges we face, “said US Representative Lori Trahan.
The projects were carried out on the basis of peer reviews in the framework of the Announcement of the DOE funding opportunity, “Materials and Chemical Sciences Research for Quantum Information Science,” under DOE’s Office of Science, Basic Energy Sciences (BES). That Efforts by the DOE Office of Science in QIS are informed through contributions from the community and targeted mission applications such as quantum computing, quantum simulation, quantum communication and quantum sensors. The DOE’s Office of Science supports five National QIS research centers and a diverse portfolio of research projects that includes recent awards promoting QIS in areas related to Nuclear physics and Fusion Energy Science.
You will find a list of selected projects here.