From Argonne National Laboratory: “Department of Energy funds Q-NEXT at $115 million over the next five years, with an additional $93 million pledged by partner organizations”

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Q-NEXT, a collaboration involving the world’s leading minds from the national laboratories, universities and the private sector, is one of five National Quantum Information Science (QIS) Research Centers awarded by the Department of Energy (DOE) in August 2020. It is funded by DOE at $115 million over the next five years, with $15 million in fiscal year 2020 dollars and funding in subsequent years contingent on congressional appropriations. Additional funding from partner organizations totals $93 million. Advances in QIS have the potential to revolutionize information technologies, including quantum computing, quantum communications and quantum sensing.

Led by Argonne National Laboratory, Q-NEXT includes nearly 100 researchers from three DOE national laboratories, ten universities and ten leading U.S. quantum technology companies. Member organizations are leaders in many areas of QIS, including quantum information theory, high-performance computation, quantum experimental science, basic discovery science, advanced computing and high energy physics.

Headquartered at Argonne just outside Chicago, Q-NEXT leverages and adds to a robust Chicago regional quantum ecosystem that includes Q-NEXT partners at the University of Chicago, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Northwestern University and University of Wisconsin-Madison. The significant participation of SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, Stanford University and other West Coast institutions in Q-NEXT, with two national laboratories and leading research universities, ties this region’s leading quantum programs and innovative spirit along with our industrial partners to form a truly national center.

Leading the way in next generation quantum science and engineering


Q-NEXT brings together leaders in national laboratories, academia and the private sector to create an innovation ecosystem that enables the translation of discovery science into technologies that benefit U.S. prosperity and security. Led by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory, Q-NEXT includes three national laboratories, ten universities and ten of the U.S.’s leading quantum technology companies. These partnerships bring together not only world-leading experts, but also facilities and infrastructure to advance the frontiers of quantum information science and engineering.


Q-NEXT focuses on how to reliably control, store, and transmit quantum information at distances that could be as small as a computer chip or as large as the distance between Chicago and San Francisco. Addressing this challenge requires developing novel quantum materials and integrating them into devices and systems, developing new classes of ultra-precise sensors, and overcoming losses that occur when quantum information is communicated over long distances. We will also develop simulation and characterization tools that we can apply to these quantum systems.


The Q-NEXT mission is to deliver quantum interconnects and establish a national foundry to provide pristine materials for new quantum devices. With these capabilities, the center will demonstrate secure communication links, networks of sensors, and simulation and network testbeds. To achieve its mission, Q-NEXT’s strategy is to pursue three foundational thrusts (quantum foundries, extreme-scale characterization, and quantum simulation and sensing) with three science and technology thrusts (materials and integration, quantum sensing, and quantum communications).

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