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Expanding Capacity in Quantum Information Science and Engineering (ExpandQISE)

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Important information for proposers

All proposals must be submitted in accordance with the requirements specified in this funding opportunity and in the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) that is in effect for the relevant due date to which the proposal is being submitted. It is the responsibility of the proposer to ensure that the proposal meets these requirements. Submitting a proposal prior to a specified deadline does not negate this requirement.

Supports research and training that will lead to scientific and engineering breakthroughs in quantum information science and engineering, while broadening participation and securing a talent pipeline matched to the needs of this emerging field.


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 and engineering 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.

Program contacts

Tomasz Durakiewicz
tdurakie@nsf.gov (703) 292-4892 MPS/DMR
John D. Gillaspy
JGILLASP@nsf.gov (703) 292-7173 MPS/PHY
Luis A. Cubano
lcubano@nsf.gov (703) 292-7941 EDU/EES
Vinod K. Lohani
vlohani@nsf.gov (703) 292-2330 EDU/DGE
Wu He
wuhe@nsf.gov (703) 292-7593 EDU/DRL
Nadia A. El-Masry
nelmasry@nsf.gov (703) 292-4975 ENG/EEC
Rosa Lukaszew
rlukasze@nsf.gov (703) 292-8103 ENG/ECCS
Pinaki Mazumder
pmazumde@nsf.gov (703) 292-7375
Nina Maung-Gaona
nmaungga@nsf.gov (703) 292-4697 TIP/ITE
Almadena Y. Chtchelkanova
achtchel@nsf.gov (703) 292-8910 CISE/CCF
Eric J. Sheppard
esheppar@nsf.gov (703) 292-2589

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