"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, 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.
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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 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.
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 28, 2023
NSF partners with the Institute for Progress to test new mechanisms for funding research and innovation
September 28, 2023
September 27, 2023
NSF invests $18.8M in inaugural cohort of projects enabling experiential learning in key technologies
September 14, 2023
September 13, 2023
August 15, 2023
July 26, 2023
July 18, 2023
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
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
March 16, 2023
February 9, 2023
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
December 8, 2022
New $20 million program promotes capacity building to broaden participation in regional innovation ecosystems
November 29, 2022
October 31, 2022
DCL: Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship (Noyce) Program Responsiveness to the CHIPS and Science Act of 2022
October 19, 2022
October 18, 2022
September 19, 2022
July 28, 2022
CHIPS-related funding opportunities
Please be mindful of solicitation deadlines. For a full list of open funding opportunities, please visit the NSF Funding Search.
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.View the DCL
A new program on Assessing and Predicting Technology Outcomes (APTO) to assess how investments in science and technology research.View the opportunity
Please be mindful of solicitation deadlines. For a full list of open funding opportunities, please visit our NSF funding search.
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...
This DCL encourages submission of education proposals in all settings, both formal and informal.
A Focus on the Academic Experiences of Two-Year College Students and (2) Leveraging Institutional Strengths and Innovation.
This solicitation is to cultivate a broad coalition of researchers and educators from across science and engineering communities.
To build capacity and infrastructure for translational research at U.S. Institutions of Higher Education.
To broaden participation in innovation ecosystems that advance emerging technologies.
Galvanizing use-inspired research, technology translation and workforce development through regional coalitions.
Supporting experiential learning opportunities that develop crucial skills needed to succeed in emerging technology fields.