• Strengthening U.S. Leadership in Quantum Information Science

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

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

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.


About Q-NEXT

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 research and development to ensure its global competitiveness in the new quantum economy and to maintain an 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.

Establishing Quantum Foundries

Q-NEXT will establish two national quantum foundries, one at Argonne near Chicago, Illinois, and the other at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory in California. These will act as a “quantum factory” producing a robust supply chain of pristine, standardized materials and devices that will support both known and yet-to-be-discovered quantum-enabled applications.

Developing Superior Technologies

Q-NEXT research will focus on communication, to distribute quantum information robustly and securely over long distances; ultraprecise sensing, with transformational applications in physics, materials, and life sciences; and processing and testing, both for quantum simulators and future full-stack universal quantum computers with applications in quantum simulations, cryptanalysis, and logistics optimization.

Training the Next Generation

Q-NEXT is working to develop our nation’s future quantum workforce through innovative cooperative training programs with industry, quantum-focused institutional degree programs at the center’s university partners, and re-training certificate programs to build foundational skills for quantum careers.