NSF encourages transformational advances in quantum systems
December 18, 2017
In 2016, the National Science Foundation (NSF) identified 10 Big Ideas for Future Investment. The opportunity described in NSF Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) 18-035 overlaps with two of those Big Ideas:
- Quantum Leap, which is a multi-pronged effort to advance fundamental understanding of quantum phenomena, materials, communications, and systems, and
- Convergent Research, which fosters the merging of ideas and approaches from widely diverse fields.
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.
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.
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