Limited Submission: NSF Quantum Computing & Information Science Faculty Fellows (QCIS-FF)


The QCIS-Faculty Fellows (QCIS-FF) program aims to grow academic research capacity in the computing and information science fields to support advances in quantum computing and/or communication over the long term. Specifically, QCIS-FF seeks to support departments and schools in U.S. institutions of higher education that conduct research and teaching in computer science, information science, and/or computer engineering, with the specific goal of encouraging hiring of tenure-track and tenured faculty in quantum computing and/or communication. Cross-disciplinary and multi-department hires are welcomed; however, intellectual ownership and primary assignment should be with the department primarily engaged in research and teaching activities for computer and information science and engineering. NSF funding will support the entire academic year salary and benefits of the newly recruited tenure-track or tenured faculty member for a duration of up to three years. Each proposal must request support for only one faculty position. Total budget is not to exceed $750,000 per proposal, with up to two awards per institution, across all departments in any given institution.

Proposals in response to this solicitation are to be submitted by the department chair/head or his/her designee. 

Please read the full program announcement before preparing your internal application.

Award Amount

Upper $750,000

Anticipated funding amount: $6,750,000

Estimated number of awards: 9


Proposals are solicited from departments of computer science, information science, and/or computer engineering. PIs are restricted to the Department Chairs/Heads, or persons acting in such or similar capacities. A PI may submit no more than one proposal per deadline.

A PI or Co-PI may only submit 1 application to this program.

Selection Criteria

Intellectual Merit: The Intellectual Merit criterion encompasses the potential to advance knowledge; and

Broader Impacts: The Broader Impacts criterion encompasses the potential to benefit society and contribute to the achievement of specific, desired societal outcomes.

The following elements should be considered in the review for both criteria:

  1. What is the potential for the proposed activity to
    1. Advance knowledge and understanding within its own field or across different fields (Intellectual Merit); and
    2. Benefit society or advance desired societal outcomes (Broader Impacts)?
  2. To what extent do the proposed activities suggest and explore creative, original, or potentially transformative concepts?
  3. Is the plan for carrying out the proposed activities well-reasoned, well-organized, and based on a sound rationale? Does the plan incorporate a mechanism to assess success?
  4. How well qualified is the individual, team, or organization to conduct the proposed activities?
  5. Are there adequate resources available to the PI (either at the home organization or through collaborations) to carry out the proposed activities?

Additional review criteria specific to this solicitation are:

  1. The commitment of the department, school, and university to building, growing, and sustaining a long-term interdisciplinary effort in quantum computing and information science;
  2. Integration of the quantum faculty with the rest of the department;
  3. How the new hire enhances cross-departmental research collaborations such as those across physics, mathematics, material sciences, electrical engineering, and computer and information science; and
  4. How the new hire enables creation and support of educational programs in QCIS, including cross-disciplinary course offerings at both undergraduate and graduate levels.

Yearly Assessment criteria: Awards will be issued as continuing grants, with annual increments tied to yearly assessments. Approval of the yearly increments will be conditional upon:

  1. The hired faculty continuing his/her full-time tenure-track or tenured employment with the institution receiving the award;
  2. The continued support of the institution as well as the satisfactory performance of the hired faculty in educational and research activities in QCIS and toward tenure;
  3. Demonstration of interdisciplinary research collaborations, by both the department as well as by the faculty supported through the award, that advance the state of QCIS research; and
  4. A detailed statement of contributions to QCIS over the preceding year by the faculty supported by the award. These contributions and their relevance to QCIS will be evaluated internally by NSF.
Limitation Details

An Institution may submit 2 proposals.

If you are interested in submitting for this program, you must first submit an internal application to according to the required instructions below.

Internal Applications must include the following:
  • A cover page listing
    • The name of this funding opportunity and title of your proposal (The Project Title on the Cover Sheet should begin with “QCIS-FF Preliminary” followed by a colon, then the title of the project. For example, QCIS-FF Preliminary: Title.)
    • Your name, UGA position, home department, email, and UGA contact information
    • Collaborator names, positions, and institutions (if any)
  • A (maximum two-page) proposal summary that addresses the program’s specific selection criteria.
  • One paragraph describing why this proposal should be UGA’s submission (i.e., why it will be the most competitive for this program)
  • Curriculum vitae
Internal Selection

Limited Submission announcements often generate multiple competing proposals.  UGA reviewers judge proposals as they would in any peer review process, so PIs are urged to put their best foot forward.  Along with typical criteria, reviewers will evaluate internal proposals based on their fit with the sponsor’s articulated goals and criteria.

Internal Submission Instructions

The above internal application materials should be submitted via email as a single .PDF file to by the internal deadline listed above.


Please submit questions regarding the internal competition to

For questions directly related to this program, please contact the following program officers:

  • Dmitri Maslov, Program Director, CISE/CCF, telephone: (703) 292-8910, email:
  • Vipin Chaudhary, Program Director, CISE/OAC, telephone: (703) 292-2254, email:

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