Quantum Computing Research in New and Emerging Qubits & Cross-Quantum Systems Science & Technology (W911NF-17-S-0001)

Eligibility: 

Eligible applicants under this BAA include degree-granting universities (foreign and domestic), nonprofit organizations, and for profit concerns (large and small businesses). Proposals are encouraged from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (as determined by the Secretary of Education to meet requirements of Title III of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (20 U.S.C. §1061)) and from Minority Institutions defined as institutions “whose enrollment of a single minority or a combination of minorities exceeds 50 percent of the total enrollment.” [20 U.S.C. § 1067k(3) and 10 U.S.C. § 2362]. However, no funds are specifically allocated for HBCU/MI participation.

Contact: 

U.S. Army Contracting Command-Aberdeen Proving Ground
Research Triangle Park Division P.O. BOX 12211
Research Triangle Park, NC 27709-2211

Deadline Details: 

White Papers: 4:00 PM Eastern Daylight Savings Time on: 30 March 2017
Proposals: 4:00 PM Eastern Daylight Savings Time on: 6 June 2017

The U.S. Army Research Office (ARO) in collaboration with the Laboratory for Physical Sciences (LPS) is soliciting proposals for research in two focused topic areas: (A) new and emerging qubit science and technology (NEQST) and (B) cross quantum technology systems (CQTS).

NEQST focuses on qubit systems that explore new operating regimes and environments, fundamentally new methods of fabrication, and new methods of design, control, or operation. These explorations should have in mind the development of quantum computation where the novel properties of these systems create significant advantages in coherence, fabrication, and/or qubit operation over current state-of-the-art qubits.

While NEQST focuses on developing new qubit and quantum gate technologies, CQTS focuses on combining existing disparate quantum technologies to provide functionality that significantly improves the performance of, or adds capability to, any of the individual qubit types. Topics of particular interest are quantum state transfer (e.g. microwave-to-optical), novel classical control paradigms, and quantum memories. (Note: this BAA is concerned only with the circuit model of quantum computation)

(1) New and Emerging Qubit Science and Technology (NEQST): NEQST is soliciting proposals in three research areas. A proposal may address more than one of these research areas and, in some cases, may be required to address more than one area to achieve proposed research milestones.
a. New qubits, operating regimes, and environments
b. Fundamentally new methods of fabrication
c. New methods of design, control, or operation

2) Cross-Quantum Technology Systems (CQTS): CQTS is soliciting proposals in three research topics. A proposal may address more than one of these research topics. Integrated experimental and theoretical research efforts are encouraged. 
a. Quantum‐state‐transfer from microwave to optical wavelengths
b. Classical, highly efficient, microwave‐to‐optical conversion
c. Hybrid qubit systems

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