"The 'CHIPS and Science Act' will make crucial investments in NSF's mission and at an incredibly important time when global competition is fiercer than ever."
- NSF Director Sethuraman Panchanathan
About the "CHIPS and Science Act"
The nation's economic and national security depends on our ability not only to harness the technologies of today, but to lay the foundation for the industries of the future. The nation must also inspire and train the next-generation STEM workforce, unleashing the potential of tomorrow's innovators by investing in their ideas today.
On August 9, President Joe Biden signed into law the "CHIPS and Science Act of 2022." The act authorizes historic investments in curiosity-driven, exploratory research and use-inspired, translational research. These investments will advance the most innovative ideas across all areas of science and engineering — accelerating their translation to solutions for today's challenges and tomorrow's — at speed and scale.
CHIPS and Science and NSF
The "CHIPS and Science Act's" investments in the National Science Foundation will help the United States remain a global leader in innovation. Implementation of this legislation will be key to ensuring that ideas, talent and prosperity are unleashed across all corners of the nation. The act:
Doubles NSF's budget over five years
CHIPS and Science authorizes an increase in overall funding for NSF — $81 billion over Fiscal Years 2023–2027 — which, if appropriated, would double the agency's budget.
Strengthens fundamental research
CHIPS and Science supports early-stage research that will create revolutionary new ideas, including in areas such as the food–energy–water system, sustainable chemistry, risk and resilience, clean water systems, technology and behavioral health, critical minerals, precision agriculture, and unmanned aircraft technologies.
The act also invests in research infrastructure, advanced computing and international collaborations.
Establishes Technology, Innovation & Partnerships
CHIPS and Science formally codifies into law Technology, Innovation and Partnerships — NSF's first new directorate in more than 30 years — and authorizes $20 billion for its initiatives over FY 2023–2027.
The act establishes 10 key technology areas critical to the nation's economic and national security.
It also creates the Regional Innovation Engines program, supports establishment of translation accelerators and test beds, invests in workforce development and training, and invests in programs to provide entrepreneurial training.
Invests in STEM education
CHIPS and Science establishes new programs to scale up innovations in pre-K-12 STEM education.
It strengthens existing NSF programs, such as Advanced Technological Education, CyberCorps Scholarship for Service, and the Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship program.
The act also appropriates $200 million in funding for semiconductor workforce training and education activities.
Advances diversity in STEM
CHIPS and Science builds upon NSF's Broadening Participation Portfolio of programs focused on improving accessibility and enhancing demographic, geographic and institutional diversity in STEM.
It bolsters opportunities for minority-serving institutions, emerging research institutions and rural communities; increases NSF investments in EPSCoR jurisdictions over a seven-year period; and establishes a chief diversity officer at NSF to advance diversity, equity and inclusion.
It also codifies the NSF INCLUDES initiative and renames it the NSF Eddie Bernice Johnson INCLUDES initiative.
Addresses research security
CHIPS and Science sets up NSF's Office of Research Security and Policy and the chief of research security to provide guidance and resources to researchers.
It establishes an independent risk assessment center to help institutions and researchers understand and mitigate security risks.
The act also provides NSF with clear prohibitions and disclosure requirements around foreign talent recruitment programs and potential conflicts of interest.
Learn more about NSF's research security efforts.
May 4, 2024
Dear Colleague Letter: A Request for Input on the Development of the U.S. Research Security and Integrity Information Sharing Analysis Organization
May 1, 2023
NSF seeks input to develop an investment roadmap for its new Directorate for Technology, Innovation and Partnerships
April 27, 2023
NSF and SRC invest in 6 sites for undergraduate research experiences in semiconductors
March 16, 2023
Celebrating one year of TIP
February 9, 2023
New $60 million NSF program aims to increase the speed and scale of research solutions
January 26, 2023
NSF announces nearly $50 million partnership with Ericsson, IBM, Intel, and Samsung to support the future of semiconductor design and manufacturing
January 10, 2023
NSF, NobleReach Emerge partner on new effort to speed biotechnology development and translation
December 8, 2022
New $20 million program promotes capacity building to broaden participation in regional innovation ecosystems
November 29, 2022
DCL: Scholarships in STEM Program (S-STEM) Responsiveness to the CHIPS and Science Act of 2022
October 31, 2022
DCL: Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship (Noyce) Program Responsiveness to the CHIPS and Science Act of 2022
October 19, 2022
New NSF workforce development program opens new doors in emerging technology fields
October 18, 2022
Important changes to the NSF Engines BAA for Type-2 proposals
September 19, 2022
NSF launches entrepreneurial fellowship for engineers and scientists
July 28, 2022
Explore data and collaborate with proposers for NSF Regional Innovation Engines across the U.S.
CHIPS-related funding opportunities
Dear Colleague Letter: Advancing Microelectronics Education
This DCL encourages submission of education proposals in all settings, both formal and informal.View the opportunity
IUSE: Innovation in Two-Year College STEM Education (ITYC)
A Focus on the Academic Experiences of Two-Year College Students and (2) Leveraging Institutional Strengths and Innovation.View the opportunity
Expanding Institutional Diversity in Support of STEM Research and Education Capacity
Invites proposals in response to the CHIPS and Science Act of 2022 with the intention to support innovative approaches for...Read the full DCL
National Science Foundation - Future of Semiconductors (FuSe)
This solicitation is to cultivate a broad coalition of researchers and educators from across science and engineering communities.
Accelerating Research Translation (ART)
To build capacity and infrastructure for translational research at U.S. Institutions of Higher Education.
Enabling Partnerships to Increase Innovation Capacity (EPIIC)
To broaden participation in innovation ecosystems that advance emerging technologies.
Regional Innovation Engines Program
Galvanizing use-inspired research, technology translation and workforce development through regional coalitions.
Experiential Learning for Emerging and Novel Technologies (ExLENT)
Supporting experiential learning opportunities that develop crucial skills needed to succeed in emerging technology fields.