The Energy Department has chosen five Nanoscale Science Research Centers to submit proposals to study quantum computing and information processing methods through a potential three-year, $30 million initiative.
DOE said Wednesday it will provide up to $10 million in grants per year on a competitive basis to help the NSRCs conduct research and obtain equipment under the Quantum Information Science initiative.
The department expects researchers to delve into quantum physics or subatomic reality to provide a substitute to information processing and other systems.
“QIS represents the future in a wide range of fields from computing to physics to materials science, and it will play a major role in shaping the technologies of tomorrow,” Energy Secretary Rick Perry said.
DOE invited the following research centers to pursue QIS grants:
- The Center for Nanoscale Materials at Argonne National Laboratory
- The Center for Functional Nanomaterials at Brookhaven National Laboratory
- The Molecular Foundry at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
- The Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences at Oak Ridge National Laboratory
- The Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies of Sandia National Laboratory and Los Alamos Laboratory.