National Quantum Initiative Act is Signed into Law

Jan 11, 2019

President Trump recently into law the National Quantum Initiative Act. The bill calls for the implementation of a National Quantum Initiative Program that will establish a set of goals and priorities for a 10-year plan that that will augment and ameliorate U.S. quantum information science and technology applications. The plan itself encompasses several federal agencies, including the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the Department of Energy (DOE), and the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Within the NQIA’s directives, NIST is mandated to carry out “specified quantum science activities” such as hosting a workshop to discuss the new and evolving needs of the burgeoning QIS industry. DOE is mandated to implement a basic research program on QIS, as well as create a slew National QIS Research Centers to support this research. NSF is mandated to carry out similar activities through executing both research and education programs centered around QIS and engineering. These programs are to be supported through grants establishing Multidisciplinary Centers for Quantum Research and Education.

Click here to view the NQIA in full: https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/6227

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