• Proposal: 05/31/2019


  • Amount: up to $1m
  • Duration: up to 5 years


Quantum Horizons: QIS Research and Innovation for Nuclear Science is a new initiative to identify, prioritize, and coordinate emerging opportunities in both fundamental research and applied challenges at the interface of Nuclear Physics and Quantum Information Science and Technology.

Responsive applications will propose research that could, in the long-term, have a transformative impact on the NP mission area and/or advance QIS development enabled by NP-supported science, technologies, and laboratory infrastructure. Likewise, QIS technologies offer the ability to discover and probe the fundamental structure and behavior of Nature with unprecedented sensitivity and accuracy. While recognizing the interdisciplinary and crosscutting nature of QIS, responsive applications should focus on areas consistent with the unique role and relevance of NP in this rapidly developing field.
Topics may include quantum computation, quantum simulations and simulators, quantum sensing, nuclear physics detectors, nuclear many-body problem, ‘squeezed’ quantum states, entanglement at collider energies, and lattice gauge theories as well as novel areas of basic research. The Quantum Horizons initiative encourages the exploitation of the interdisciplinary nature of Quantum Computing and Quantum Information Science and Technology to expand the frontiers of the NP program and the national QIS enterprise through partnerships with Universities, National Laboratories and Industry.

Research Opportunity I: NP science and technologies for advancement of QIS call for collaborative projects between the NP and QIS communities that best leverage the respective strengths of universities, national laboratories, and industry. Some relevant NP strengths include: superconducting technologies, microfabrication, supercomputing expertise as well as pushing engineering to a level that is beyond what is commonly done in universities and industry.

Research Opportunity II: Broad theory projects which e.g. develop methods and quantum algorithms that solve important problems in NP using emerging digital quantum computers, hybrid computers, quantum annealers and quantum simulators; utilize QIS concepts to better understand nuclear phenomena, such as the nuclear many-body problem and hadronization; or develop new QIS applications of importance to nuclear physics such as data analyses and machine learning.

Research Opportunity III: Research projects that seeks to develop or capitalize on QIS technology with applications for nuclear physics. Quantum sensors should exploit distinct quantum phenomena – superposition, entanglement, and squeezing – that do not have classical counterparts, to acquire, process, and transmit information in ways that greatly exceed existing capabilities.

Research Opportunity IV: Creating a quantum-smart workforce for tomorrow. Applications to develop a QIS workforce in the context of NP will be considered specifically for funding graduate students and postdocs or interns who conduct research at the intersection of these QIS and NP fields.

Research Opportunity V: Ramping-up engagement. Applications for meetings such as major conferences, workshops, and PI exchange meetings could be supported so that the NP and QIS communities can better understand the challenges and capabilities of their counterparts.

Contact Information

Technical/Scientific Program Contact:
Dr. Gulshan Rai