The National Science Foundation published NSF 21-033, “Advancing Quantum Education and Workforce Development” in December 2020. This Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) encourages submission of proposals for projects that will motivate and prepare students for quantum industries of the future. The National Science Foundation (NSF) is interested in preparation of students for quantum information science and engineering (QISE) at all levels and in all settings, both formal and informal. The DCL provides information and links for existing NSF funding opportunities in the NSF Directorate for Education and Human Resources that can support education-related research and development to prepare a diverse QISE workforce.


On April 27, NSF program directors held the first of a series of webinars to present and answer questions about this DCL. This initial webinar featured the following presentations:

  • The NSF Approach to QISE, Dr. Tomasz Durakiewicz
  • Three DUE Programs, Drs. Abiodun Ilumoka and Corby Hovis
    • Scholarships in STEM Program (S-STEM)
    • Advanced Technological Education Program (ATE)
    • Improving Undergraduate STEM Education Program (IUSE)
  • The Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP), Dr. Martha L. James
  • , Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST), Drs. Bob Russell and Wu He




NSF Webinar for Dear Colleague Letter (NSF 21-033):
Advancing Quantum Education and Workforce Development
April 27, 2021  |  1-2:30pm ET