• We bring together national experts and facilities to solve cutting-edge challenges in quantum information science and technology

  • Real-world experiment in Chicago suburbs achieves quantum entanglement across 52-mile fiber network

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  • We develop new quantum materials, devices and technologies that offer clear performance advantages

  • Our public-private partnerships pave the way for commercialization of quantum technologies

  • Quantum information science has the potential to revolutionize information technologies including quantum computing, quantum communications and quantum sensing

Q-NEXT, a collaboration involving the world’s leading minds from the national laboratories, universities and the private sector, has formed to accelerate progress in quantum information science (QIS). Advances in QIS have the potential to revolutionize information technologies, including quantum computing, quantum communications and quantum sensing.

Led by Argonne National Laboratory and co-led by SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, Q-NEXT includes three DOE national laboratories, ten universities and several 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.


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. This public-private partnership is essential to the creation of a domestic supply chain of new quantum materials and technologies for a robust quantum economy.

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Leading Q-NEXT are Director David Awschalom, senior scientist at Argonne National Laboratory and professor at the University of Chicago, and Q-NEXT Deputy Director JoAnne Hewett, associate laboratory director and chief research officer at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory.

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Organizations across the national laboratory system, academia and private sector constitute Q-NEXT.  These organizations bring together world-leading experts, top-tier facilities and cutting-edge projects and collaborations to advance the state-of-the-art in quantum information science and technology.

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Strengthening U.S. Leadership

The U.S. must maintain a leadership position in R&D to ensure that the benefits of a new “quantum economy” stay at home and to maintain its edge in national security. Q-NEXT is uniquely qualified to help realize that vision by bringing together national experts and facilities to solve major cross-cutting challenges that cannot be addressed by smaller teams.

Enhancing National Security

Our work on secure communications, including quantum networks, are priorities for cybersecurity and national security. Quantum sensing can also be used for more precise navigation with aeronautical and defense applications.

Developing Superior Technologies

We are focused on developing new quantum materials, devices and technologies that offer clear performance advantages and have a route to commercialization. New quantum computers, as an example, will one day help researchers solve numerous complex problems of industrial interest beyond the reach of current supercomputers.

Training the Next Generation

Today, we are working to develop our nation’s future quantum workforce. The quantum technologies of the future will need scientists and engineers — in training now — to build, program and maintain them. In collaboration with industry partners, Q-NEXT member universities and national labs provide some of the very first and few available training and hands-on experiences.