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Limited Submission Notice: NSF Quantum

Sensing Challenges for Transformational Advances in Quantum Systems (QuSeC-TAQS) FY23


National Science Foundation (NSF)


The Quantum Sensing Challenges for Transformational Advances in Quantum Systems (QuSeC-TAQS) program supports interdisciplinary teams of three (3) or more investigators to explore highly innovative, original, and potentially transformative research on quantum sensing. The QuSeC-TAQS program supports coordinated efforts to develop and apply quantum sensor systems, with demonstrations resulting in proof of principle or field-testing of concepts and platforms that can benefit society.

QuSeC-TAQS proposals should have the potential to deliver new concepts, new platforms, and/or new approaches to implement and utilize quantum sensors. Proposals must articulate how the project will develop quantum sensing systems that address a particular need, and can demonstrate improved capabilities or performance compared to classical systems. Proposals should be innovative, must focus on quantum functionality, and should result in experimental demonstrations.

For more information, view the full QuSeC-TAQS solicitation (NSF Program Solicitation NSF 22-630).


$2,500,000 over the duration of four (4) years. It is not expected that all awards will receive the maximum amount; the size of awards will depend upon the type of research program proposed.

Limited Submission Requirements and Timeline:

Two (2) preliminary proposals and invited full proposals per institution are permitted.

Only proposals approved by the Division of Research and Economic Development may be submitted to this program. For such approval, Principal Investigators (PIs) must first submit a one- to two-page white paper to by Tuesday, October 25, 2022.

Your white paper should:

  • Detail the key personnel and other anticipated collaborators. See Important Notes on Requirements below.
  • Provide a succinct summary of the intellectual merit of the proposed project.
  • Articulate how the project leverages and/or promotes advances in quantum sensing.
  • Describe the broader impacts of the proposed work, including the potential long- term impact on national needs.

If selected to submit a full proposal, PIs must ensure that proposals meet all requirements stated in the RFP, in the announcement, and in the implementing laws and regulations related to this grant program.

Key Submission Dates:

  • October 25, 2022 – White paper due to We encourage you to cc your Dean for visibility as well.
  • November 4, 2022 – Anticipated date Internal Awardees Notified
  • December 16, 2022 – Preliminary Proposal Due Date
  • March 27, 2023 – Full proposal due to OSP
  • April 3, 2023 – Full proposal due to NSF

Important Notes on Requirements:

  • The Principal Investigator (PI) must be a faculty member employed by the submitting organization. A minimum of one (1) PI and two (2) co-PIs must participate.
  • No individual may appear as Senior Personnel (Principal Investigator, Co-PI, and Faculty Associate or equivalent) on more than two QuSeC-TAQS preliminary proposals/invited full proposals.
  • Proposed projects should pursue either or both of the following tracks:
      • Explore new ideas using for enhanced sensing functionalities using quantum information science and engineering principles. Proposals should describe how the project will result in experimental tests or a proof of principle for new concepts, platforms, or approaches for enhanced sensing.
      • Translate quantum information science and engineering discoveries into scalable quantum sensor systems or networks. Proposals should describe how the project will demonstrate advantages for targeted applications as a result of applying fundamentally quantum phenomena.
  • Competitive proposals should also address the QuSeC-TAQS programmatic considerations. See Section II of the Solicitation for details.


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