(May 26, 2021) The National Science Foundation (NSF) has long supported research to advance quantum information science and engineering (QIS) from laboratory theory into practical reality and lay the foundations for the next century of quantum discovery. Building on this core investment in QIS, NSF launched a series of investments to catalyze discovery by fostering multidisciplinary collaborations connecting underlying quantum principles with future quantum systems. This multi-pronged effort is aimed at advancing the fundamental understanding of quantum phenomena, materials, and systems toward revolutionary advances in quantum information science. As the science and engineering enterprise continues to expand, global engagement is necessary to address the most complex research challenges, including those being explored through NSF awards in quantum information science and engineering, including QIS and Quantum Leap.
With this Dear Colleague Letter, NSF invites requests for supplemental funding from existing quantum information science and engineering research awardees to add a new — or strengthen an existing — international dimension to their award. International collaboration should advance fundamental knowledge and discovery in quantum fields and enhance the NSF Principal Investigator’s (PI) own research and/or education objectives as outlined in the existing NSF award.