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To be considered for the NSF QISE-NET Program, please fill out the application by Friday, January 5th, 2018.
Proposals should be submitted by graduate students from universities located within US and US territories who are pursuing advanced degrees in areas related to QISE. These areas include physics, materials science, quantum or device engineering, chemistry, computer science, and industrial research, among others.
Each applicant must supply the following in PDF format:
- A two-page project proposal that clearly articulates the research objectives and plans for work in quantum information science and engineering (QISE). In particular, the proposals should:
- a) Represent intellectually exciting, leading-edge, trail-blazing research topics in QISE with potential for growth and follow-on work between the student, company or national laboratory and academic groups.
- b) Demonstrate strong alignment between the activities of the academic group and of the industrial/national laboratory group, and that also evidence commitment to strong two-way interactions between the two activities.
- c) Projects that have a clear point of contact on the industry or national laboratory side who will take responsibility for the student mentorship, with a well-planned student internship at the company.
- An official transcript from your graduate institution.
- A letter of recommendation from the faculty advisor regarding the project.
- A letter of recommendation from the company or national laboratory advisor endorsing the project and associated activities.
The initial application period will begin on November 6th and end on January 5th, 2018. Proposals will be evaluated by the advisory board and ranked according to these criteria. Decisions will be announced on or around February 5th, 2018.
Nature of the Awards and Program
The period of student engagement will take place over a period of several years. QISE-NET triplets will be brought into the program during the first year of operation through a series of quarterly proposal solicitations. Solicitations will be made only in the first year, to ensure that all triplets have a chance to fully integrate, mature and make progress on their projects, with a three year duration (renewal yearly by mutual agreement).
The typical award will consist of $10,000 per year to augment — not replace — the student’s current stipend, and will be used to reimburse travel to and local expenses at the company or national laboratory location for collaborative research, as well as for appropriate associated research expenses. Additional funding will be made available to allow for participation in the annual workshop.
This program will conduct yearly workshops for all of the participants at rotating locations. The workshops form an important mechanism for QISE-NET communications among the various projects and provide the means of knitting the network together. The yearly workshops will be a chance for all participants to not only share research results, but also provide a way for all QISE-NET members to understand different “best practices” that produce the effective triplet interactions. Moreover, the workshops will be a way to understand the different parameters of interest to industry or national laboratories and academia. Mentoring activities will also be included to help students meet challenges encountered during their research, as well as to learn more about various career opportunities after graduation.