(HPCWire) The building an U.S. ecosystem to foster the development of applications in the many domains of quantum information science was first articulated in a National Strategic Overview for Quantum Information Science issued by the National Science and Technology Council and later folded into NSF $1.2B plus National Quantum Initiative Act enacted early this year. Recently, the NSF re-opened its Request for Information (RFI) regarding how best to implement elements of the strategic overview which spelled out several key policy areas bulleted here:
–Focus on a science-first approach that aims to identify and solve Grand Challenges: problems whose solutions enable transformative scientific and industrial progress;
–Build a quantum-smart and diverse workforce to meet the needs of a growing field;
–Encourage industry engagement, providing appropriate mechanisms for public-private partnerships;
–Provide the key infrastructure and support needed to realize the scientific and technological opportunities;
–Drive economic growth;
–Maintain national security;
–Continue to develop international collaboration and cooperation.
Responses to the reopened RFI are due July 29, 2019.

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