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Q-NEXT, a collaboration involving the world’s leading minds from the national laboratories, universities and the private sector, is one of five National Quantum Information Science (QIS) Research Centers awarded by the Department of Energy (DOE) in August 2020. (Earlier post.)

It is funded by DOE at $115 million over the next five years, with $15 million in fiscal year 2020 dollars and funding in subsequent years contingent on congressional appropriations. Additional funding from partner organizations totals $93 million. Advances in QIS have the potential to revolutionize information technologies, including quantum computing, quantum communications and quantum sensing.

Led by Argonne National Laboratory, Q-NEXT includes nearly 100 researchers from three DOE national laboratories, ten universities and ten leading US quantum technology companies. Member organizations are leaders in many areas of QIS, including quantum information theory, high-performance computation, quantum experimental science, basic discovery science, advanced computing and high energy physics.

Headquartered at Argonne just outside Chicago, Q-NEXT leverages and adds to a robust Chicago regional quantum ecosystem that includes Q-NEXT partners at the University of Chicago, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Northwestern University and University of Wisconsin-Madison.

The significant participation of SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, Stanford University and other West Coast institutions in Q-NEXT, with two national laboratories and leading research universities, ties this region’s leading quantum programs and innovative spirit along with our industrial partners to form a truly national center.

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