The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced $61 million in funding for infrastructure and research projects to advance quantum information science (QIS). QIS is the science of the extremely small, where molecules, atoms, and light can defy traditional laws of physics. These ew awards will pursue goals to create new quantum devices and develop a quantum internet.
The selected projects include:
Awards to five DOE Nanoscale Science Research Centers (NSRC) will support the development of cutting-edge infrastructure and capabilities for nanoscience-based research to strengthen America’s competitiveness in QIS to enable new discoveries and development of nanotechnologies and advance QIS, chemistry, materials, and clean energy. (Total award amount: $30 million.)
Developing the building blocks for a quantum internet: New funding for scientists to study and develop new devices to send and receive quantum network traffic and advance the development of a continental-scale quantum internet. (Total award amount: $6 million.)
Creating quantum internet testbeds: New funding will support the research, design, development, and demonstration of regional-scale quantum network testbeds. This new scientific infrastructure will advance the foundational building blocks of a quantum internet, including quantum internet devices and protocols, and technology and techniques for quantum error correction at the internet-scale. (Total award amount: $25 million).