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National Science Foundation Showcases Quantum Technology Research Projects Before Congress

Continued funding

National Science Foundation Showcases Quantum Technology Research Projects Before Congress

The National Science Foundation presented its quantum information science and technology research projects before Congress Tuesday in hopes of securing continued funding.

The event comes after Congress imposed a budget cut on the NSF for fiscal year 2024, allocating $9.06 billion, which is lower than the 2023 funding level and President Joe Biden’s budget request, Nextgov/FCW reported.  

NSF Director Sethuraman Panchanathan highlighted the need for sustained funding to support innovation and said the showcase is meant to bridge the gap between policymakers and scientists by demonstrating the practical applications and societal benefits of QIST research.

Lawmakers, including House Science and Technology Committee leaders Rep. Zoe Lofgren and Rep. Frank Lucas, and Research and Technology Subcommittee Ranking Member Haley Stevens, voiced their support for increased budgetary allocations for the NSF.

They also expressed backing for the National Quantum Reauthorization Act, a piece of legislation designed to strengthen the NSF’s role in propelling QIST research activities forward.

Panchanathan also stressed the importance of funding for other emerging technologies, including artificial intelligence, emphasizing its interconnectedness with quantum technology and advocating for simultaneous innovation.

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