Maryland today | Q-Lab seed grant program to support the new Quantum…

The University of Maryland and IonQ, a leading developer of quantum computing devices, are partnering to provide $300,000 in funding for projects designed to advance discoveries in quantum science and help develop a workforce- skilled work in quantum computing for the future.

UMD researchers are invited to submit proposals for projects that can take advantage of the University of Maryland’s National Quantum Laboratory (Q-Lab), the nation’s premier user facility that enables the scientific community to further its research through convenient access to a commercial-grade tool. quantum computer located at IonQ headquarters in the university’s Discovery District. UMD and IonQ, based in part on findings from the Department of Physics, announced the creation of the Q-Lab with a $20 million investment from the university in September 2021.

Seed grants will support a combination of research to develop algorithms or simulations that explore new uses for quantum computing and engage researchers who work in non-quantum information science fields to explore potential applications of computers quantum technologies to challenges in their own areas of expertise. .

“Because quantum computing is still in its infancy, we don’t yet know what groundbreaking discoveries will be that could truly transform society,” said Gregory Ball, vice president of research at UMD. “We need researchers from all disciplines to determine how quantum computing can help solve the most complex problems.”

Funding will also go towards the development of curricula, including student projects, courses, and teaching methods or modules that allow students to gain practical skills in quantum computer programming and/or explore the needs or uses of Q-Lab facilities.

“Through the Q-Lab, UMD-affiliated students, faculty, and staff have an unprecedented opportunity to gain experience with IonQ’s trapped-ion quantum computing hardware and collaborate with our scientists and engineers,” said Peter Chapman, President and CEO. agent at IonQ. “We want to see as many people as possible take advantage of this resource so that we can all work together to continue to advance quantum computing and build the workforce we will need to support this burgeoning field. “

The amount of each grant awarded under the program will range from $10,000 to $40,000. Researchers have until March 27 to submit their proposals, and the winners will be announced in May.

Ryan H. Bowman