AFRL posts new quantum BAA

On January 28, the Air Force Research Laboratory posted a broad agency announcement for Quantum Information Services. White papers may be received throughout the open BAA period, but AFRL recommends that submissions for FY20 funding be received by January 31.

The Air Force Research Laboratory – Information Directorate (AFRL/RI) is soliciting white papers under this Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) for research, design, development, concept testing, evaluation, experimentation, integration and delivery of Quantum Information Sciences supporting the implementation and use of Command, Control, Communications, Computers & Intelligence (C4I)-related information and communications technologies and techniques. In particular, this effort seeks to advance and assess advanced algorithm designs and technologies harnessing emerging quantum computing techniques to support AFRL/RI’s C4I mission.

Research at AFRL/RI’s Rome Research Site, located in Rome, NY, focuses on a range of activities to include information and signal processing, communications and networking technology, cyber research, and high performance computing. Many problems fundamental to these disciplines can be expressed as optimization problems governing relationships, and then represented as mathematical equations. Quantum computing provides a non-classical computing method for finding the global minimum (optimal solution) given these objective functions and constraints to rapidly arrive at the solution.

AFRL/RI has established a Quantum Information and Science branch (RITQ). Research within this branch will include Quantum Algorithms and Computing, Memory-Node-Based Quantum Networking, Quantum Information Processing, Superconducting Hybrid Quantum Platforms, and Quantum Information Sciences. These technologies will have both in-house and contractual based requirements to support the overall mission of the RITQ branch.

Further, AFRL/RI is interested in developing a user community around this emerging technology, to consist of other U.S. Government organizations (federal, state, and local), U.S. Government contractors and commercial industry, and academia (both public and private).

BAA ESTIMATED FUNDING:  Total funding for this BAA is approximately $49.9M.  Individual awards will not normally exceed 36 months with dollar amounts normally ranging from $0.5M to $2M.  There is also the potential to make awards up to any dollar value as long as the value does not exceed the available BAA ceiling amount. 

Full information is available here.

Source: SAM