(Stonybrook.edu) Stony Brook University (SBU) has been awarded a Conceptualization Grant (CG) from the National Science Foundation (NSF) Quantum Leap Challenge Institutes (QLCI) program. The 12-month award provides $149,625 in funding to support the development of a Challenge Institute (CI) proposal to be submitted in the next round of funding, which is aimed at establishing US leadership in Quantum Information Science (QIS).
The development of SBU’s CG proposal was led by Dr. Eden Figueroa, Associate Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, with a joint appointment at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL). The CG proposal focused on the expansion of the SBU/BNL research related to quantum communications and networking, with specific emphasis on the development of three research thrusts: quantum algorithms and programming, quantum communication and long distance networking, and quantum materials and devices for quantum computing.

Stony Brook Maintains Close Relationships with Quantum Labs Around Country
Both Stony Brook University and UB have close relationships with the two federal laboratories in New York State, BNL and AFRL, as well as quantum researchers at other national laboratories around the country and at academic institutions worldwide. Investigators will now utilize the CG planning year to strengthen industry ties. Plans for an international quantum technology conference in Spring 2020 are already under development and will focus on getting additional industry partners involved in the CI efforts. Targeted partners will include quantum start-ups, with activities related to those of the existing CI team, large organizations whose quantum programs are already well advanced, and network facility providers at the federal, state, and private level.

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