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Post-Quantum Cryptography PQC

Requirements for the Submission Packages

Post-quantum candidate algorithm nominations are due November 30, 2017.
Call for Proposals


Submission packages must be received by NIST by November 30, 2017. Submission packages received before September 30, 2017 will be reviewed for completeness by NIST; the submitters will be notified of any deficiencies by October 31, 2017, allowing time for deficient packages to be amended by the submission deadline. No amendments to packages will be permitted after the submission deadline, except at specified times during the evaluation phase (see Section 5).

Due to the specific requirements of the intellectual property statements as specified in Section 2.D, e-mail submissions will not be accepted for these statements  The statements specified in Section 2.D must be mailed to Dustin Moody, Information Technology Laboratory, Attention: Post-Quantum Cryptographic Algorithm Submissions, 100 Bureau Drive – Stop 8930, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD 20899-8930, or can be given to NIST at the first PQC Standardization Conference (see Section 5.C).  The remainder of the submission package can either be mailed with the intellectual property statements, or sent as email to:  pqc-submissions@nist.gov.

“Complete and proper” submission packages will be posted at the Post-Quantum Cryptography site for review. To be considered as a “complete” submission, packages must contain the following:

To be considered as a “proper” submission, packages must meet the minimum acceptability requirements specified in Section 3.

NIST welcomes both domestic and international submissions; however, in order to facilitate analysis and evaluation, it is required that the submission packages be in English. This requirement includes the cover sheet, algorithm specification and supporting documentation, source code, and intellectual property information. Any required information that is not submitted in English shall render the submission package “incomplete.” Optional supporting materials (e.g., journal articles) in another language may be submitted.

Classified and/or proprietary submissions will not be accepted.

Created January 03, 2017, Updated July 07, 2022