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More institutions to participate in quantum science and engineering with $38M from NSF

High school students in the University of Maryland's Advanced Physics Summer Girls' Camp view an ion trap.

Students view an ion trap used for quantum information processing.

August 15, 2023

Impactful NSF program will help build capacity and broaden participation in research and education. 

The U.S. National Science Foundation is investing $38 million to expand its support for quantum information science and engineering (QISE). From advancing the ways in which we create sustainable energy to improving cyber security, NSF's Expanding Capacity in Quantum Information Science and Engineering (ExpandQISE) program is funding cutting-edge research across 22 grants. The program also broadens participation by building strong connections between new initiatives and existing high-impact QISE research, training, education and outreach efforts.

"If we want America to be the first to explore and understand the quantum-scale frontiers of science, then we must support the excellence that exists at institutions all over our country," said NSF Assistant Director for Mathematical and Physical Sciences Sean L. Jones. "NSF's support for these new projects demonstrates our commitment to nurturing innovative ideas and people, wherever they are."

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The U.S. National Science Foundation propels the nation forward by advancing fundamental research in all fields of science and engineering. NSF supports research and people by providing facilities, instruments and funding to support their ingenuity and sustain the U.S. as a global leader in research and innovation. With a fiscal year 2023 budget of $9.5 billion, NSF funds reach all 50 states through grants to nearly 2,000 colleges, universities and institutions. Each year, NSF receives more than 40,000 competitive proposals and makes about 11,000 new awards. Those awards include support for cooperative research with industry, Arctic and Antarctic research and operations, and U.S. participation in international scientific efforts.

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