DOE and NSF Invite Public Input on Quantum

The United States Department of Energy and the National Science Foundation are seeking public input regarding quantum technology particularly as it pertains to industry and academics

17 June 2019

BELLINGHAM, Washington, USA and CARDIFF, UK - Both the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and its National Science Foundation (NSF) have posted separate notices in the Federal Register seeking input from the public regarding the implementation of quantum policies in the United States.

DOE's notice not only announces DOE's intention to issue a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) in Fiscal Year 2020 for the Quantum Information Centers, as authorized in the National Quantum Initiative (NQI) passed into law last year. It also requests information from the public on the "topic areas, organization, requirements, review criteria, and assessment process to be described in this FOA." Public comments for this notice ends on 5 July, 2019.

NSF's request for information is seeking input from the public to help inform the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) Subcommittee on Quantum Information Science (SCQIS) as it looks to satisfy the requirements in both the National Quantum Initiative and the NSTC Strategic Overview to develop a strategic plan to maintain U.S. leadership in quantum technologies. Public comments for this notice ends on 29 July, 2019.

"It is very important that these federal agencies see a strong response from the public, both in academia and industry, in order to demonstrate a high level of interest from the community in being involved in U.S. government-led, quantum-related activities," states SPIE CEO Kent Rochford. "The long-term success of the NQI will hinge on this community's support, and we invite our constituents to share their feedback and suggestions."

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