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Nanoscale Computing Devices and Systems

The Nanoscale Computing Devices and Systems (Nanoelectronics) Program objective is to inform the development of potential future computing technology through the investigation of physical phenomena in electronic materials at the nanoscale. The program looks to determine the specific knowledge needed to assess the viability of a proposed computing technology offering superior performance with respect to state-of-the-art.

Research Concentration Areas

Research projects in this portfolio are primarily focused thematically on 2D electronic materials, targeting both classical (digital field-effect transistor (FET)/neuromorphic/network/memory applications) and quantum (gate qubit/"topologically protected" Majorana) technologies. Research is driven from present challenges to the technology at all salient levels: materials (electronic structure, growth, processing, defects) and devices (design, integration, interfaces, transport, proximity, measurement), and circuit architecture.

Research Challenges and Opportunities

Novel approaches to:

  • Materials discovery
  • Structural self-assembly
  • Molecular intercalation
  • Electronic phase transitions
  • Electronic structure
  • Stochastic phenomena 
  • Unconventional superconductivity
  • Topological qubit design and operation

How to Submit

For detailed application and submission information for this research topic, please refer to our broad agency announcement (BAA) No. N00014-22-S-B001.

Contracts: All white papers and full proposals for contracts must be submitted through FedConnect; instructions are included in the BAA.

Grants: All white papers for grants must be submitted through FedConnect, and full proposals for grants must be submitted through; instructions are included in the BAA.


Dr. Ian Appelbaum
Program Officer
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