August 30, 2019

Van Hollen, Cardin, Hoyer, Announce Grant Funding for Quantum Computing and Networking at the University of Maryland

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (all D-Md.) announced $1.74 million in grant funding from the Department of Energy (DOE) to the University of Maryland, College Park for two projects to advance the development of quantum computing and networking.

“The University of Maryland has been a leader in the field of quantum computing for years and continues to produce critical research in this vital area,” said Senator Van Hollen. “This funding is crucial to the work of the scientists and researchers at the University, and I will continue working in the Senate to ensure that all of Maryland’s academic institutions have the resources they need to keep our country on the cutting-edge of scientific innovation and discovery.”

“Maryland’s academic and scientific institutions are driving progress in this critical field for national security. I am pleased that this federal investment will empower researchers at the University of Maryland, College Park to continue and to expand their efforts in this priority area,” said Senator Cardin.

“The University of Maryland, College Park continues to be at the forefront of innovation, and I’m pleased to announce this funding to support the development of quantum computing and networking,” said Congressman Hoyer. “This area of science and technology is critically important, and I’m proud that UMD will help lead the way and ensure America is able to compete globally in this field.”

The DOE has awarded a total of $60.7 million in funding for projects to accelerate progress in quantum computing and develop wide-area quantum networks. The awards were made based on competitive peer review and the funding announcements were sponsored by the Office of Advanced Scientific Computing Research within the Department of Energy’s Office of Science.