UC Noyce Initiative – Quantum Information Science

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  • April 24, 2024

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Dear colleagues,

I am pleased to announce a new funding opportunity through the UC Noyce Initiative, a partnership between five UC campuses (Berkeley, Davis, Irvine, San Francisco, Santa Barbara), to advance research collaborations in critical areas of digital technology and innovation to drive informed, ethical and timely discovery for the public good. The aim of this funding opportunity is to foster collaboration across the five campuses and support research efforts that are innovative, have the potential for high-impact, and hold a strong promise for follow-on funding.

In 2024, the UC Noyce Initiative will support collaborative research that advances the applicability of quantum technology for applications in the physical world through co-development of integrated hardware and new algorithms. To that end, applications must focus on one of the following three critical challenges in quantum information science:

  • Quantum Hardware Challenge: Improve the integration and scaling of quantum hardware for use in computing by navigating the conflicting requirements of isolation and control. Specific approaches of interest include the use of photonics to replace wires and the development of new techniques to reduce and mitigate noise.
  • Quantum Simulation Challenge: Develop new algorithms and improve understanding of quantum simulation used for natural phenomena (e.g., chemistry, materials, and physics problems) on integrated quantum devices through techniques for initial state preparation (e.g., ground, thermal, and non-equilibrium states).
  • Quantum Sensing Challenge: Advance useful applications of quantum sensors to observe the physical world through improvement of existing sensors, development of new sensors, and leveraging the interactive power of multiple sensors through integration and networking.


The UC Noyce Initiative anticipates awarding up to three multi-campus partnership awards. Partnerships must focus on addressing one of the challenges outlined above and include at least three Initiative campuses. Partnerships can request up to $800,000 over the 2-year award duration.

Award Type Budget Maximum Award Duration Partnership Requirements 
Multi-Campus Partnership – Quantum Up to $600,000 for 3 campuses and $800,000 for 4 or 5 campuses. 2 years Inclusion of a least 3 initiative campuses

Awards may be used to cover relevant research expenses, including salary support, graduate student/postdoctoral research support, supplies & materials, computing expenses, equipment, publication expenses, and travel costs. Researchers with PI status at any of the participating campuses are eligible to apply.

Please review the Call for Applications for additional details.

The application deadline for this opportunity is April 24, 2024.


Pramod Khargonekar, PhD
Vice Chancellor of Research

To apply for this opportunity please visit ucnoyce.org.

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