Raise on Enabling Quantum Leap: Transformational Advances in Quantum Systems

  • By Burcu Ozden
  • 25 December 2017

After Department of Energy's Dear Colleague Letter (DLC) last month, on December 14, 2017 National Science Foundation (NSF) released a DLC  on enabling quantum leap. 

This DCL aims to encourage researchers to submit interdisciplinary research projects that must include at least three complementary components represented by researchers with expertise in the areas of physics, chemistry, mathematics, materials science, engineering, and computer/computational science, which are more broadly represented by the NSF Directorates for Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MPS), Engineering (ENG), and Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE). The innovative proposals must focus on quantum functionality by assessing aspects relevant to both fundamental and application concepts, and must result in experimental demonstrations of transformative advances towards quantum systems and/or proof-of-concept validations.

In 2016, the National Science Foundation (NSF) identified 10 Big Ideas for Future Investment. The opportunity described in this Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) overlaps with two of those Big Ideas:

  1. Quantum Leap, which is a multi-pronged effort to advance fundamental understanding of quantum phenomena, materials, communications, and systems,
  2. Convergent Research, which fosters the merging of ideas and approaches from widely diverse fields.

This DCL encourages various aspects of quantum communication and quantum computing, such as the computational science of developing and designing quantum algorithms, studying quantum programming languages and approaches to compiling programs, developing an application of quantum computing using quantum programming languages, quantum architectures, quantum circuit synthesis and optimization, layout and scheduling, practical fault tolerance, as well as work on integrating devices into systems. Communication challenges include but are not limited to aspects of on-chip communication, networking, establishing secure and/or efficient communication protocols, quantum information theory, and topics in communication complexity. Development of mathematical concepts relating to quantum computing and communication as well as rigorous analyses are welcome. Work on integrating various aspects of quantum sensing, quantum communication, and quantum computation into systems is also of interest.

Proposals may also include aspects that align with the goals of the Directorate for Education and Human Resources (EHR), particularly the goals of the NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) program to educate science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) graduate students in high-priority interdisciplinary research areas using innovative, evidence-based approaches that are aligned with changing workforce and research needs.

Principal investigators (PIs) are encouraged to respond to this DCL through the submission of a Research Advanced by Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering (RAISE) proposal. PIs must follow the guidance for RAISE proposals specified in the NSF Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG; see Chapter II.E.3). Prior to submission of a RAISE proposal, a one-page white paper must be prepared and submitted, by February 16, 2018, to cognizant Program Directors from at least three of the following divisions/office: DMR, PHY, CHE, DMS, ECCS, CCF, and OAC. Upon receipt of an invitation from the cognizant Program Directors, a full proposal may be submitted. The proposal title must begin with "RAISE: TAQS:". Award size and duration are limited to no more than $1,000,000 over a maximum of five years.

Deadline: February 16, 2018

Award:  $1,000,000

Duration: 5 years

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