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CHIPS and Science

"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

President Biden sits at a table with the recently signed 'CHIPS and Science Act,' surrounded by legislators and Vice President Kamala Harris.
Credit: Senate Democratic Media Center

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, 2022, 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 U.S. 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 foodenergywater 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.

Key technology areas

NSF supports the full range of critical and emerging technologies, including the key technology focus areas enumerated in the "CHIPS and Science Act of 2022":

September 29, 2023

NSF launches pilot program to enhance the potential for success of startups

 

September 29, 2023

NSF announces award for its Regional Innovation Engines Builder Platform

 

September 28, 2023

NSF invests $19.6M in emerging research institutions to grow their capacity to participate in regional innovation ecosystems and announces next funding opportunity

 

September 28, 2023

NSF partners with the Institute for Progress to test new mechanisms for funding research and innovation

 

September 28, 2023

NSF invests $35M in future manufacturing

 

September 27, 2023

NSF invests $18.8M in inaugural cohort of projects enabling experiential learning in key technologies

 

September 14, 2023

NSF and partners invest $45 million in the future of semiconductors

 

September 13, 2023

New NSF effort expands I-Corps™ Teams training program

 

August 15, 2023

NCSES Launches Web Page Dedicated to the National Secure Data Service Demonstration Project

 

July 26, 2023

NSF, EDA announce official coordination on regional innovation programs

 

July 18, 2023

NSF announces evaluation contract for its Regional Innovation Engines Program

 

May 8, 2023

Dear Colleague Letter: Request for Information on the Capacity of Institutions of Higher Education to Produce Graduates with Degrees, Certifications, and Relevant Skills Related to Artificial Intelligence

 

May 8, 2023

Dear Colleague Letter: Request for Information on Future Topics for Workforce Development in Emerging Technology Career Pathways

 

May 23–24, 2023  |  Workshop event

NSF Microelectronics Education Virtual Workshop

 

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.

Please be mindful of solicitation deadlines. For a full list of open funding opportunities, please visit the NSF Funding Search.

 

 

Please be mindful of solicitation deadlines. For a full list of open funding opportunities, please visit our NSF funding search.

 

NSF and Micron Foundation Partnership for the Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program

This Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) encourages submission of proposals to the Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship (Noyce) program.

 

Future of Semiconductors (FuSe2)

The goal of this solicitation is to cultivate holistic approaches to enable progress in new semiconductor technologies.

 

Research Security and Integrity Information Sharing Analysis Organization (RSI-ISAO)

OCRSSP seeks to establish an independent RSI-ISAO to empower the U.S. research community.

 

Dear Colleague Letter: Workshop to Inform Development of the NSF Research on Research Security Program (RRSP)

This DCL seeks proposals to organize and facilitate a single workshop that will bring together diverse perspectives.

 

Assessing and Predicting Technology Outcomes (APTO)

A new program on Assessing and Predicting Technology Outcomes (APTO) to assess how investments in science and technology research.

 

Dear Colleague Letter: Equitable and Transformative Approaches to Educating the Semiconductor Workforce (ETA-ESW)

This DCL announces a cooperative activity between NSF and the Micron Foundation to stimulate transformative approaches...

 

Dear Colleague Letter: Advancing Microelectronics Education

This DCL encourages submission of education proposals in all settings, both formal and informal.

 

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.

 

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.