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CHIPS for America announces $285 million funding opportunity for a Manufacturing USA Institute

May 09, 2024
By: Michele Hujber

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has issued a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) seeking proposals to establish and operate a CHIPS Manufacturing USA institute focused on digital twins for the semiconductor industry. The CHIPS for America Program anticipates up to approximately $285 million in funding will be awarded to the institute. Digital twins, as defined in a press release from the U.S. Department of Commerce, are “virtual models that mimic the structure, context, and behavior of a physical counterpart.”

The institute’s funded activities are expected to include, but not necessarily be limited to operational activities to run the Institute; basic and applied research related to semiconductor digital twin development; establishing and supporting shared physical and digital facilities; industry-relevant demonstration projects; and digital twin-related workforce training, according to the press release.

Dr. Eric Forsythe, director, and Dr. Michael McKittrick, deputy director of the CHIPS Manufacturing USA Program, will provide a briefing on details of the NOFO on May 8, 2024, at 4:00 p.m. ET. Webinar participants must register in advance.

On May 16, 2024, the CHIPS Manufacturing USA Program will host a one-day hybrid meeting for potential applicants for this funding opportunity. More information and registration for this event is available here.

chips, manufacturing, semiconductors