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DOE maps out quantum research centers

The Department of Energy plans to set up at least two new research centers to support quantum information science with an eye toward public benefits in national security, economic competitiveness and leadership in scientific discovery.

The centers will support the National Quantum Initiative enacted by Congress in December 2018 to accelerate advances in basic science and quantum-based technology, according to a notice of intent and request for information in the Federal Register.

DOE is looking for input on possible target areas from next-generation computing, communications and sensors to the materials and chemistry needed to produce quantum technologies. It also wants ideas on organizational and administrative support necessary to create and foster an ecosystem that will facilitate advancement of quantum information science.

The agency hopes national laboratories, universities, nonprofits and others with active research interests in the area will provide input.

In a May 31 statement on the filings, Paul Dabbar, DOE’s undersecretary of science, said the centers would be the “flagship” of the agency’s efforts under the National Quantum Initiative Act that called for research centers and a $1.2 billion jumpstart over 10 years to fuel quantum science. Establishment of the centers will be contingent on congressional appropriations.

DOE said it plans to issue a funding opportunity announcement in fiscal 2020 to set up grant funding for the centers.

About the Author

Mark Rockwell is a senior staff writer at FCW, whose beat focuses on acquisition, the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Energy.

Before joining FCW, Rockwell was Washington correspondent for Government Security News, where he covered all aspects of homeland security from IT to detection dogs and border security. Over the last 25 years in Washington as a reporter, editor and correspondent, he has covered an increasingly wide array of high-tech issues for publications like Communications Week, Internet Week, Fiber Optics News, tele.com magazine and Wireless Week.

Rockwell received a Jesse H. Neal Award for his work covering telecommunications issues, and is a graduate of James Madison University.

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