The Department of Energy (DOE) has allocated $10 million for quantum information science and nuclear physics research and encouraged the industry, academia, national laboratories and nonprofits to apply for funding to study related areas of interest.
The initiative aims to address nuclear physics challenges, such as many-body system dynamics prediction and quantum sensor exploration, by advancing foundational and use-inspired QIS studies, DOE said Thursday.
Understanding how the current superconducting quantum bits are affected by radiation is another nuclear physics challenge that DOE wants to address through QIS research.
Timothy Hallman, associate director of science for nuclear physics at DOE, said QIS research is a national priority and the nuclear science community has the expertise and capabilities to support the effort.
"A key objective of this program is to identify and capitalize on unique opportunities to advance both QIS and nuclear science research in ways that align with the national strategy for QIS," he added.
Proposals for interdisciplinary graduate and postdoctoral fellowships meant to support quantum-smart workforce development are also sought.