Internal Deadline: April 25, 2018
LOI Deadline: May 3, 2018
Final Deadline: May 24, 2018
Limit on Number of Proposals: 2
The U.S. Department of Energy has released DE-FOA-0001909, Materials and Chemical Sciences Research for Quantum Information Science. This program will make awards of $150,000 to $1.5 million from a $24 million pool for fundamental research for public benefit in materials and chemical sciences to advance our understanding of quantum phenomena in systems that could be used for QIS, and the use of quantum computing in chemical and materials sciences research. Applications must focus on the Priority Research Opportunities for experimental and theoretical research identified in the BES Roundtable Reports, “Basic Energy Sciences Roundtable on Opportunities for Quantum Computing in Chemical and Materials Sciences” or “Basic Energy Sciences Roundtable on Opportunities for Basic Research for Next-Generation Quantum Systems.”
For quantum computing, areas of interest include controlling the quantum dynamics of nonequilibrium chemical and materials systems; unraveling the physics and chemistry of strongly correlated electron systems; embedding quantum hardware in classical frameworks; and bridging the classical–quantum computing divide. Proposals must focus on fundamental research that will target computations on realistic problems relevant to Basic Energy Sciences priorities using quantum computers that are available today and in the near (<10 year) term.
For next-generation quantum systems, areas of interest include synthesis of materials for the development of quantum coherent systems that involve in-situ characterization and real-time machine learning and target quantum information functionality; creation and control of coherent phenomena in quantum systems emphasizing an improved understanding of entanglement and enhanced coherence lifetimes; transduction of quantum coherent states between disparate physical systems (light, charge, spin) with high fidelity. Proposals will also be considered for fundamental research on quantum-based systems with potential for extreme sensing, detection, and control capabilities, for precise time, space and field measurements, as well as the development and application of these capabilities to probe material properties and chemical processes. Proposals that solely focus on engineering design or systematic optimization of devices will not be responsive.
Cost sharing is not required.
Letters of intent are due May 3, 2018. Full proposals are due May 24, 2018.