New funding to advance quantum computing and networking in energy


The US Department of Energy has announced $60.7 million in funding for research and development of new quantum computing and networking technologies.

The funding is available for ten universities, nine national laboratories which are run by the DoE and one non-profit organisation.

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A total of $47 million will be directed towards three projects to accelerate quantum computing. The projects will run for five years with the aim to develop new algorithms and to create a suite of traditional software and techniques.

The DoE will provide some five projects aimed at developing or improving wide-area quantum networks with $13.7 million in funding. The aim of the five-year projects is to boosts the range of quantum-based communications using existing fibre-optic connections.  

The funding is being sponsored by the Office of Advanced Scientific Computing Research.

Paul Dabbar, Under Secretary of Science, said: “We are on the threshold of a new era in Quantum Information Science and quantum computing and networking, with potentially great promise for science and society.

 “These projects will help ensure U.S. leadership in these important new areas of science and technology.”

Lists of the projects can be found here under the heading.