AFRL Seeks Partners for R&D Funding Opportunity on Quantum Computing Sciences

investment money exchangeThe Air Force Research Laboratory’s information directorate seeks white papers on ideas that support the research, design, development, concept testing, evaluation and experimentation of quantum computing sciences under a potential $40 million funding opportunity.

According to a broad agency announcement posted Friday on FedBizOpps, the funding opportunity aims to assess algorithm designs and technologies that utilize quantum annealing techniques in support of AFRL/RI’s mission in command, control, communications, computers and intelligence.

Quantum annealing serves as a non-classical computing method to determine the global minimum optimal solution to support research and development and address Defense Department challenges in machine learning, pattern recognition, logistics and scheduling.

AFRL/RI said it also seeks to develop a user community on the quantum computing technology composed of federal, state and local government organizations as well as government contractors, commercial industry and academia.

The BAA covers two focus areas — one for research on and implementation of a quantum computing research environment at AFRL/RI and another for algorithmic implementation and problem-solving efforts, AFRL/RI stated in the notice.

The organization said it will review the proposals based on a criteria that include overall scientific and technical merit; related experience of the offeror; openness, maturity and assurance of the technology; relevance to the AFRL/RI mission; and reasonableness or realism of proposed costs.

Funds will be spread across fiscal years through 2019, with $10 million to $15 million allotted for the award on the first focus area and $500,000 to $2 million per year for the award on the second.

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