Expanding Capacity in Quantum Information Science and Engineering (351699)

National Science Foundation (NSF)

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Deadline: The deadline for this grant has passed

Grant amount: Up to US $5,000,000

Fields of work: Data Science & Digital Information Systems Mathematics Computer Science & Engineering Engineering Science STEM/STEAM Education

Applicant type: College / University

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Training / Capacity Building, Research

Location of project: United States

Location of residency: United States


NOTE: Submission of Letters of Intent (due by 5 p.m. submitter's local time)  is required only for Track 2 proposals. Full Proposal Deadline(s) (due by 5 p.m. submitter's local time) is the same for both Track 1 and Track 2. 

The NSF Expanding Capacity in Quantum Information Science and Engineering (ExpandQISE) program aims to increase research capacity and broaden participation in Quantum Information Science and Engineering (QISE) and related disciplines through the creation of a diversified investment portfolio in research and education that will lead to scientific, engineering and technological breakthroughs, while securing a talent pipeline in a field where workforce needs of industry, government and academia continue to outgrow the available talent.

The ExpandQISE program helps build and maintain a close connection between new efforts and existing impactful work in research, research training, education, outreach, and broadening participation done at the existing QISE Centers such as, for example but not limited to NSF QLCI Institutes, DOE National Research Centers, NSF Quantum Foundries, or leading QISE research Institutions, while creating and nurturing necessary critical mass at Institutions not yet fully involved in QISE. In keeping with the NSF goal of increasing the participation of all members of society in the scientific enterprise, institutions from EPSCoR jurisdictions, and institutions at which more than 50% of enrolled students come from groups that are currently under-represented in the sciences, e.g. minority-serving institutions (MSIs), are especially encouraged to apply.

Following the agreement between the Department of Energy and the National Science Foundation developed in the course of implementation of the National Quantum Initiative Act of 2018, the ExpandQISE program is coordinated with the Department of Energy (DOE), including sharing of information about submissions, the review processes and projects funding coordination. DOE Program Managers may also recommend reviewers and attend the review panels as observers. Principal Investigators submitting proposals to the National Science Foundation (NSF) in response to this solicitation can expect that Program Managers from DOE will have access to the following information: letters of intent, white papers, proposals, unattributed reviews and panel summaries. DOE Program Managers may also recommend reviewers and attend the review panels as observers.Coordination with the DOE will help avoid duplication of funding by the agencies and contribute to enhancing the breadth and impact of the investments by each agency.


  • Track 1: individual PI awards, is designed for individual PIs initiating planning for a research program in QISE, paired with one or more external coPI(s). Track 1 award funding is up to $800,000 total per award for up to 3 years.
  • Track 2: team awards, is designed for small- to medium-scale teams of 2 to 5 collaborators, also paired with one or more additional external CoPIs as noted above. Track 2 award funding is up to $5,000,000 total per award for a duration of up to 5 years.

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