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CHIPS program suspends plans for R&D facilities program; other R&D programs unaffected

April 04, 2024
By: Michele Hujber

The Commerce Department has suspended plans to announce a funding opportunity for the construction, modernization, or expansion of commercial semiconductor R&D facilities, according to an announcement the CHIPS Program Office made in their newsletter last week. The suspension does not impact the $11 billion the CHIPS Program Office still plans to spend on semiconductor R&D through separate R&D programs, nor does it affect the awards for incentive program funding opportunities already announced.

Commerce reported that they made this decision due to an “overwhelming demand” for funding from the $39 billion facility incentive program created by the CHIPS and Science Act.

The four R&D programs that remain intact are the National Semiconductor Technology Center (NSTC); the National Advanced Packaging Manufacturing Program (NAPMP), including the current NAPMP funding opportunity; CHIPS Metrology; and the CHIPS Manufacturing USA Program. Information about these programs is on the CHIPS website.

The CHIPS Program Office will discuss its strategy for supporting semiconductor R&D in an April 9 webinar focused on the National Semiconductor Technology Center.

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