DoE issues $625 million for R&D of next-gen quantum technologies


The US Department of Energy has announced $625 million in funding to enhance research, development, testing and implementation of next-generation quantum technologies.

The funding is issued through the National Quantum Initiative to establish two to five multidisciplinary Quantum Information Science Research Centers.

The funding will be used over the next five years by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the Department of Energy and the National Science Foundation.

The research centres will:

  • Create the ecosystem needed to foster and facilitate the advancement of quantum technologies.
  • Incorporate a collaborative research team including multiple scientific, engineering disciplines and institutions.
  • Ensure national security, economic competitiveness and America’s continued leadership in science.

In support of the development of quantum technologies, the DOE’s Argonne National Laboratory launched a new, 52-mile testbed for quantum communications experiments. The testbed will help address challenges in operating a quantum network and help lay the foundation for a quantum internet.

Total planned funding will begin in Fiscal Year 2020.

US Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette, said: “QIS is on the threshold of providing transformative technology that will impact discovery science and technological innovation in the coming decades.

“At the direction of President Trump, the Department will answer the call of the National Quantum Initiative Act through our QIS Centers and ensure that America remains a world leader in this rapidly advancing field.”

Ivanka Trump, Advisor to the President, adds: “Critical to America’s leadership in this field, the new quantum research centres provide training and collaboration opportunities for the next generation of QIS scientists and engineers.”