Montana State University awarded $26.7M grant from U.S. Air Force

Montana State University was awarded a $26.7 million grant from the U.S. Air Force to support moving quantum technology applications from concept to market — and potentially, space.

“People should know that this is the second quantum revolution,” said Yves Idzerda, physicist and dean of MSU’s College of Letters and Sciences and principal investigator for the grant. “The first one occurred when we discovered electricity.”

The grant will establish a facility, named the Applied Quantum CORE, with roughly 10 employees. It will also fund equipment to test prototype quantum components in extremely cold environments.

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