PQI Members Receive $4.8M NSF Award

National Science Foundation (NSF) has made a $4.8M award to the University of Pittsburgh under the Partnership for International Research and Education (PIRE) program. Sergey Frolov will be the Director of new PIRE.  Hrvoje Petek, Michael Hatridge and David Pekker are other PQI co-PIs for this project. The duration of the program is 5 years.

This PIRE will establish a multidisciplinary partnership between universities, research centers and corporations in the U.S. and France, led by the University of Pittsburgh. The aim of the partnership is the discovery and investigation of materials that hold exceptional promise for fundamental quantum physics and quantum device engineering. In particular, the focus will be on hybrid materials which combine disparate materials kinds, such as semiconductors and superconductors, in a single structure. 

The new program is titled "PIRE: Hybrid Materials for Quantum Science and Engineering" and it brings together University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University and University of California at Santa Barbara. The industrial collaborator of PIRE:HYBRID is Microsoft Research.

The program will give Pitt undergraduates, graduate students and postdocs the opportunity to do research in France. US universities will partner with French researchers at Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) and Commissariat à l'énergie atomique et aux énergies alternatives (CEA). The French funding agency Agence Nationale de la Recherche (ANR) has supported the french partners of this PIRE program with a reciprocal grant of 600KEuro.

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