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Enabling Quantum Leap in Chemistry

NSF issued a Deal Colleague Letter informing the research community that the Division of Chemistry (CHE) invites submission of supplemental funding requests and EAGER (EArly-Concept Grants for Exploratory Research) (EAGER) proposals on Quantum Leap. Quantum Leap aims to exploit quantum mechanical phenomena such as superposition and entanglement to develop next-generation technologies for sensing, computing, modeling, and communication.

Suitable topic areas to address in EAGER proposals and supplemental funding request include (but are not limited to):

  • quantum algorithms for the simulation of chemical systems, including hybrid quantum-classical algorithms;
  • identification and exploration of the boundaries between classical and quantum computation in relation to chemical applications;
  • quantum machine learning for chemistry;
  • quantum optical tools for chemistry;
  • bottom-up design, synthesis, and application of chemical qubits;
  • quantum control of chemical processes;
  • advanced quantum readout techniques for molecular quantum systems;
  • topologically-protected molecular excitations that control and probe molecular energy transfer pathways via strong-coupling;
  • control and monitoring of chemical reactions using optical cavities and single-molecule polaritons; and
  • multidimensional optical spectroscopy for quantum information processing.

Submission Due Date: May 1, 2018

Planning Grants for Engineering Research Centers (ERC)

The ERC program is placing greater emphasis on research that leads to societal impact, including convergent approaches, engaging stakeholder communities, and strengthening team formation, in response to the NASEM study recommendations. The ERC program intends to support planning activities leading to convergent research team formation and capacity-building within the engineering community. This planning grant pilot initiative is designed to foster and facilitate the engineering community’s thinking about how to form convergent research collaborations. To participate in the upcoming ERC competition, one is not required to submit a planning grant proposal nor to receive a planning grant.

Submission Due Date: June 6, 2018