Professor and Chair
Dept of Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology
In 2016, the National Science Foundation (NSF) identified 10 Big Ideas for Future Investment. The opportunity described in this Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) overlaps with two of those Big Ideas: Quantum Leap, which is a multi-pronged effort to advance fundamental understanding of quantum phenomena, materials, communications, and systems, and Convergent Research, which fosters the merging of ideas and approaches from widely diverse fields.
This DCL aims to encourage researchers to submit interdisciplinary research projects that must include at least three complementary components represented by researchers with expertise in the areas of physics, chemistry, mathematics, materials science, engineering, and computer/computational science, which are more broadly represented by the NSF Directorates for Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MPS), Engineering (ENG), and Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE). The innovative proposals must focus on quantum functionality by assessing aspects relevant to both fundamental and application concepts, and must result in experimental demonstrations of transformative advances towards quantum systems and/or proof-of-concept validations.
Quantum information science (QIS) is rapidly advancing as applications that use fundamental physical principles such as coherence, superposition, and entanglement are pioneered with ions, molecules, atoms, and atom-like systems such as vacancy centers in diamond. Superconducting qubits, quantum dots, and quantum optics are also advancing QIS. Longer coherence times, higher-fidelity methods for quantum state preparation and readout, and more controlled methods to manipulate single and multiple qubit systems are enabling achievements such as the implementation of mathematical concepts and quantum computing algorithms, new uses for quantum simulation, applications for quantum communication networks, and quantum-enhanced measurement technologies. Breakthroughs in these fields are expected to promote better understanding of quantum chemistry, high-temperature superconductivity, magnetism, topological matter, thermodynamics, quantum electrodynamical chemistry, entanglement generation and measurement, hybrid quantum systems, quantum annealing, quantum tomography, quantum control, quantum computation, and quantum simulation.
Materials science concepts and organizing principles are needed for assembling complex materials (including chemical systems), developing new materials, and validating theoretical predictions in order to gain advantage from such quantum phenomena. New quantum materials featuring unique quantum effects such as coherence, entanglement, superconductivity are emerging. These include atomic-layer materials, topological insulators, metastructures, endohedral fullerenes, multi-spin systems, metal-organic frameworks, radical conjugated polymers, quantum dots, and quasiparticles (skyrmions, magnons, and spinons). These materials not only possess extraordinary properties, but they also allow manipulation of their electronic or magnetic status through external stimuli with unprecedented efficiency and dramatically low energy loss, thus offering a pathway to ultra-fast, ultra-energy-efficient quantum sensing, quantum communication, quantum computing, and quantum simulation. Despite the remarkable advances in quantum materials recently demonstrated, there is much basic materials science research to be done in order to solve the challenges affecting the synthesis, characterization, and control of the desired functionalities.
Engineering scalable, stable, and robust platforms for a range of functions and applications is another critical step towards practical implementation of quantum technology systems. Design and testing of the quantum functionality at both the component and system level can provide important benchmarks for the practical viability of the proposed technology. There has been considerable progress on quantum technologies, for example, with integrated optics platforms that offer reliable heralded sources of single photons and photon pairs with high emission and coupling efficiency; with on-chip entanglement control; with on-chip quantum memories with low noise and long coherence times; with efficient ion-photon interfaces; with quantum frequency converters; with low-noise integrated photon detectors; and with quantum sensing. However, the engineering of integrated platforms for reliable and efficient systems is still in its infancy. Controls and error correction, through various hardware and software developments, are needed to mitigate the deleterious effects of decoherence, as are more robust, scalable platforms. Demonstrations of reproducible quantum functions for applications in quantum sensing, communication, or computing are of interest.
Computer and computational science and engineering will be needed when systems-level designs for networks including quantum components are made with higher levels of abstraction. In this context, this DCL encourages various aspects of quantum communication and quantum computing, such as the computational science of developing and designing quantum algorithms, studying quantum programming languages and approaches to compiling programs, developing an application of quantum computing using quantum programming languages, quantum architectures, quantum circuit synthesis and optimization, layout and scheduling, practical fault tolerance, as well as work on integrating devices into systems. Communication challenges include but are not limited to aspects of on-chip communication, networking, establishing secure and/or efficient communication protocols, quantum information theory, and topics in communication complexity. Development of mathematical concepts relating to quantum computing and communication as well as rigorous analyses are welcome. Work on integrating various aspects of quantum sensing, quantum communication, and quantum computation into systems is also of interest.
Proposals may also include aspects that align with the goals of the Directorate for Education and Human Resources (EHR), particularly the goals of the NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) program to educate science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) graduate students in high-priority interdisciplinary research areas using innovative, evidence-based approaches that are aligned with changing workforce and research needs.
Through this DCL, issued by the MPS Divisions of Materials Research (DMR), Physics (PHY), Chemistry (CHE), and Mathematical Sciences (DMS); the ENG Division of Electrical, Communications, and Cyber Systems (ECCS); the CISE Division of Computing and Communication Foundations (CCF) and Office of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure (OAC); and the EHR Division of Graduate Education (DGE), NSF aims to specifically focus on interdisciplinary research aiming at advancing knowledge and demonstration of new quantum functionalities that can be reproducibly fabricated, scalable, and used in practical systems.
Principal investigators (PIs) are encouraged to respond to this DCL through the submission of a Research Advanced by Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering (RAISE) proposal. PIs must follow the guidance for RAISE proposals specified in the NSF Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG; see Chapter II.E.3). Prior to submission of a RAISE proposal, a one-page white paper must be prepared and submitted, by February 16, 2018, to cognizant Program Directors from at least three of the following divisions/office: DMR, PHY, CHE, DMS, ECCS, CCF, and OAC. Upon receipt of an invitation from the cognizant Program Directors, a full proposal may be submitted. The proposal title must begin with “RAISE: TAQS:”. Award size and duration are limited to no more than $1,000,000 over a maximum of five years.
Cognizant NSF Program Directors are:
James S. Ulvestad
Assistant Director (Acting)
Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences
Dawn M. Tilbury
Directorate for Engineering
Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering
William J. Lewis
Assistant Director (Acting)
Directorate for Education and Human Resources
The VPR office has released a request for proposals for the Research Excellence Fund, Portage Health Foundation Mid-Career, and Faculty Fellow Program (see below).
Proposals are being solicited for the Research Excellence Fund (REF) program, an internal award of the Office of the Vice President for Research.Budgets are due no later than 4 p.m. Thursday, March 1 and proposals are due no later than 4 p.m. Thursday, March 8. Both must be submitted electronically per the guidelines.For additional information, see Research Excellence Fund.If you are interested in serving on an REF proposal review committee, please let me know.
Proposals are being solicited for the Portage Health Foundation Mid-Career (PHF-MC) program, which is designed to support tenured faculty with an active NIH grant and/or consistent history of external funding with NIH or a related agency.Budgets are due no later than 4 p.m. Thursday, March 1 and proposals are due no later than 4 p.m. Thursday, March 8. Both must be submitted electronically per the guidelines.For additional Information, see Portage Health Foundation Research Awards.
Applications are being solicited for the Faculty Fellow Program. The Faculty Fellow Program is sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research.The Program expands familiarity with sponsored program administration and strategic planning among the faculty, develops leadership capacity among the faculty and improves sponsored programs administration and strategic planning through faculty input.Applications are due no later than 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15 and must be submitted electronically per the guidelines.
Companies with questions for the NHLBI that plan to submit a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR: PA-17-302 ) or Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR: PA-17-303) application by January 5, 2018.
We’ll start the session with some frequently asked questions and then open the line for live Q&A.
Presented by the NHLBI Office of Translational Alliances and Coordination (OTAC)
Not able to attend the 2017 HHS SBIR/STTR Conference in Milwaukee this year? There were lots of great presentations describing the Small Business program and tips for small business success both in applying for funding and in developing your technology. You can view the slide decks HERE.
The Combating Terrorism Technical Support Office (CTTSO) Advance Planning Briefing for Industry (APBI) scheduled for December 12, 2017, anticipates more than 500 attendees from government, industry, and academia for this important event, which features:
• A look at anticipated requirements that may be funded in fiscal year 2019
• Potential private-sector business opportunities through Broad Agency Announcement
• Combating terrorism challenges through information exchanges and forming collaborations
Below are the focus areas for one of ten subgroups that will participate in APBI:
Training Technology Development
Innovative Training and Educational Concepts
Research, develop, and evaluate training and educational programs that employ novel instructional design and/or delivery methods for accelerating and enhancing the acquisition of advanced knowledge and skills.
Human Performance Technology
Analyze the full range of performance gaps and select interventions to improve and sustain human performance. Develop, test, and evaluate performance improvement technologies and programs based on cognitive and physiological principles to optimize operator training and ultimately mission performance.
Design and develop intuitive, interactive learning solutions for anywhere, anytime access from mobile devices. Develop mobile applications and technology that supports learning through ubiquitous and just-in-time access to educational resources, collaborative learning environments, and user-generated content.
Immersive Learning Technology
Research and develop technology that allows a learner to seamlessly interact with, and become immersed in, a learning environment. Develop tools, technologies, and techniques for improving the design, development, and validation of interactive and immersive learning technology.
The CTTSO FY19 Draft Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) is now available! CTTSO invites you to review the draft for various research and development related requirements. Please visit the Broad Agency Announcement page for more information.
Focus areas for all subgroups may be viewed here.
For more information about the meeting, please visit www.ndia.org/CTTSO2017
If you are new to working with the NIH grants application and awards process….you need to read on! With only one NIH Regional Seminar on Program Funding and Grants Administration scheduled for 2018, you will not want to miss out on this unique opportunity in Washington, DC, from May 2-4, 2018.
Why Attend? The NIH Regional Seminar involves approximately 65 NIH and HHS staff who are brought to a central location in order to educate, share, and hear your questions over the course of two days, plus pre-seminar workshops. There are over 45 different topic areas and 6 optional workshops covering human subjects, electronic research administration, a “boot camp” for beginners, and intellectual property. See the two day seminar & pre-seminar workshop agendas for more details.
This seminar is your opportunity to make direct contact with NIH policy officials, grants management, program and review staff, and representatives from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP), HHS Office of the Inspector General (OIG), and others. Plus, you’ll be able to take advantage of discussions involving more than 600 fellow attendees from around the world.
Unique Opportunity to Meet NIH Face-to-Face: In addition to learning more about the NIH grants processes and policies through the optional workshops and two days of sessions, there are opportunities throughout the seminar to Meet the Experts 1:1. These 15 minute chats are a great way to get more specific questions answered by NIH & HHS experts. You’ll have the opportunity to sign up in advance or on-site to speak with the expert(s) of your choice while participating in the seminar. With the Washington, DC location located close to NIH, expect even more NIH & HHS experts to join us.
Registration rates increase on Saturday, December 16. Space is limited and these seminars traditionally reach capacity prior to the event, so register now and save your spot!