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NSF National Quantum Virtual Laboratory (NQVL) Quantum Science and Technology Demonstrations (QSTD): I. Pilot Phase

Sponsor: NSF
Internal Deadline: 02/06/2024
Institutional Submission Limit: 1
Sponsor Deadline: 04/09/2024
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With this program solicitation, the Foundation is introducing the National Quantum Virtual Laboratory (NQVL) concept as an overarching shared infrastructure designed to facilitate the translation from basic science and engineering to the resultant technology, while at the same time emphasizing and advancing its scientific and technical value. The NQVL aims to develop and utilize use-inspired and application-oriented quantum technologies. In the process, NQVL researchers will explore quantum frontiers, foster QISE workforce education and training, engage in outreach activities at all levels, and promote broadening participation, diversity, equity, and inclusion in QISE, thereby lowering barriers at all entry points of the research enterprise. The engagement of the entire United States (U.S.) QISE community will be necessary for this initiative to succeed, and, indeed, the project is designed to include participation from a full spectrum of organizations who have expertise to contribute. In particular, NSF recognizes that the involvement of industry partners is essential and will welcome these to be a part of the overall structure. Partnerships with other U.S. Federal agencies under the NQI umbrella are also encouraged.

This solicitation lays out a vision for the entire NQVL program that includes Quantum Science and Technology Demonstration (QSTD) projects, support for enabling technologies through Transformative Advances in Quantum Systems (TAQS), as well as a central coordination hub. Proposals for Pilot phase QSTDs are solicited at this time.

It is required that prospective PIs contact the NQVL Program Officer(s) as soon as possible, but not later than two weeks before submitting a letter of intent in response to this solicitation, to ascertain that the focus and budget of their proposal is appropriate for this solicitation.

Letter of Intent is required by April 09, 2024 with full proposal due June 11, 2024.

Submission Process

Limited submissions MUST be coordinated with the Office of the Vice President for Research.

If interested in applying for this opportunity, email the following to Julie Morris at by 5pm on the INTERNAL DEADLINE above:

1) Cover page listing:
     • Title (as required in solicitation: The title should begin with "NQVL:QSTD:Pilot: (insert the rest of the title and the Project's acronym)". The title should reflect the science and technology focus of the proposed QSTD project.
     • Name of PI and department
     • If applicable, Name(s) and departments (or Participating Organizations) of up to four co-PIs/Other Senior Project Personnel

2) 1-page abstract/summary including:
     • brief statements of the vision and goals of the proposed QSTD project, its potential for QSTD impact, and an integrated plan for the QSTD project.
     • overview of the research and technology development program, such as major thrust areas, goals, and fundamental gaps or barriers in knowledge/technology that it meets.
     • briefly address readiness (evidence that the QSTD project is feasible in the time and with the resources afforded by the NSF NQVL program) and partnerships or synergies

3) a 2-3 page CV/biosketch for the PI (SCiENcv preferred)


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