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OSTP, NSF, DOE Announce $1B Investment to Set Up AI, Quantum Research Hubs; Michael Kratsios Quoted

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, Department of Energy and the National Science Foundation have announced that they will invest more than $1B to help build 12 research institutes focused on artificial intelligence and quantum information science.

NSF and other federal agency partners will invest $140M over five years in seven AI research institutes that will advance research in machine learning, forecasting prediction, precision agriculture and synthetic manufacturing, among other areas, OSTP said Wednesday.

Several universities across the country will accommodate these NSF-led AI research institutes, including MIT, University of Texas at Austin and University of Oklahoma at Norman. NSF expects more than $300M in additional awards for these research facilities by the summer of 2021.

DOE announced an investment of $625M over five years to establish five QIS research centers, which will be led by teams at the department’s Lawrence Berkeley, Oak Ridge, Fermi, Brookhaven and Argonne national laboratories.

The private sector and academic institutions will also contribute $340M to support the formation of such centers, which will conduct research on quantum networking, materials manufacturing, computing and sensing, among other topics.

“Today, the Trump Administration is making an unprecedented investment to strengthen American leadership in AI and quantum, and to ensure the Nation benefits from these emerging technologies,” said Michael Kratsios, U.S. chief technology officer and a 2020 Wash100 Award winner. “Built upon the uniquely American free market approach to technological advancement, these institutes will be world-class hubs for accelerating American innovation and building the 21st century American workforce.”

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