•  The funds would be going towards new research in the field of chemical & materials sciences with the aim of advancing the emerging Quantum Information Science field.
  •  The field would be shaping the future of sensors and information processing.

The United Stated Department of Energy (DOE), has reportedly announced that it intends to provide over $45 million for funding new research in the field of chemical & material sciences with the aim of advancing the emerging Quantum Information Science (QIS) field.

Reports cite, as a multidisciplinary and wide-ranging research area, QIS is expected to lay down the foundation for the new generation of information processing & computing, as well as a plethora of other innovative technologies inside the sensing & related applications.

As reported exclusively by the U.S. Department of Energy, the initiative is seeking proposals in two areas with the first one being the research in chemical & materials sciences that is aimed at the design as well as the discovery on new systems & materials that are relevant for the development of QIS. The second proposal is to use quantum computing to find solutions to problems in the field of chemicals & materials science research.

The DOE Under Secretary of Science, Paul Dabbar stated that QIS would be playing a crucial role in shaping the future of computing as well as an array of other extremely important technologies. Dabbar further added that the initiative would be ensuring that the U.S. would remain ahead of the curve in the breakthroughs made in chemical & materials science, which would be forming the bedrock for QIS systems of future.

Reports claim, national laboratories, non-profit organizations and universities would be eligible to lead the applications for the proposed awards, which would be chosen based upon peer reviews. The department’s Basic Energy Sciences program, the one providing the funding, envisions giving awards to both large multidisciplinary teams and small groups or single investigators.

Reportedly, planned funding for FY19 would be over $15 million with outyear funding dependent upon congressional appropriations.