The newly-launched Unitary Fund is offering grants of $2,000 to projects developing open source quantum software for near-term, hybrid quantum-classical programming. Applications are welcome from any project that "will benefit humanity that leverages near-term quantum computing."
The fund is underwritten by contributions from Lookout founder John Hering and Rigetti Computing's Nima Alidoust. Rigetti's Will Zeng says the fund's goals are to "fill in some of the gaps in institutional funding," surmount obstructions to entry, and encourage more researchers to focus on quantum programming.
"The fund is focused on open source quantum software as this is an area where big challenges and lots of experimentation are needed and also an area that can be more inclusive and accessible," Zeng says. "Small teams can make a big difference."
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