Date Announced: 12 Sep 2022
Photonics Focus / SPIE -- The Biden Administration released on 6 September, a detailed strategy for spending $50 billion in funding from the CHIPS Act. The act, signed last month by President Biden with the broad goals of rebuilding US leadership in the semiconductor industry as well as the nation’s chip-making capacity should have broad implications for the optics and photonics industries.
The strategy, dubbed the CHIPs for America program, will be housed within the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), part of the US Department of Commerce. Its four primary goals are to establish and expand domestic production of leading-edge semiconductors; build a stable supply of mature node semiconductors; making R&D investments aimed at next generation semiconductor technology; and job creation with an emphasis on diversity as well as opportunities for veterans and people in rural areas.
“Rebuilding America’s leadership in the semiconductor industry is a down payment on our future as a global leader,” said Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo in announcing the CHIPS for America program.
Raimondo said the program will support three initiatives:
The strategy also outlines evaluation criteria for funding applications. These include encouraging large-scale projects that attract private capital, encourage collaboration among stakeholders, secure state or local incentives that would promote broad economic gains; establish a secure and resilient semiconductor supply chain; and that will expand the workforce pipeline to match domestic workforce needs.
On 21 September SPIE will host the Photonics Industry Summit in Washington, DC, to provide an in-person opportunity for CHIPS America program funding applicants and other stakeholders to hear from and ask questions of leaders in government. The summit will also include an industry panel and networking opportunities for attendees. Registration is now open.
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