The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) has awarded a Veni grant to CWI researcher Stacey Jeffery (Algorithms and Complexity group, QuSoft). The funding allows her to conduct independent research and develop her ideas for a period of three years.
Jeffery received the grant for her project ‘Harnessing the Power of Near-future Quantum Computers’. Quantum computers will revolutionize the future of computing, but can we take advantage of the power of quantum mechanics for computation before we have a perfectly working quantum computer? Jeffery will explore the capabilities of primitive quantum computers that will become available in the next few years.
The Veni grant is one of three grants of the Innovational Research Incentives Scheme of NWO, which was established to stimulate talented, creative researchers. It amounts to a maximum of 250,000 euro, allowing recipients to further elaborate their own research ideas during a period of three years. Obtaining this grant is an important step in a scientific career. This year, a total of 1,127 researchers from all scientific disciplines submitted research project proposals. Of these, 154 applicants were awarded the prestigious grant.