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Advanced Chip Engineering Design and Fabrication (ACED Fab)

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Important information for proposers

All proposals must be submitted in accordance with the requirements specified in this funding opportunity and in the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) that is in effect for the relevant due date to which the proposal is being submitted. It is the responsibility of the proposer to ensure that the proposal meets these requirements. Submitting a proposal prior to a specified deadline does not negate this requirement.

NSF Directorate for Engineering and NSTC Department of Engineering and Technologies Semiconductor Collaboration Research Opportunities


The Directorate for Engineering (ENG), Division of Electrical, Communications and Cyber Systems (ECCS), Division of Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental, and Transport Systems (CBET), Division of Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation (CMMI), Division of Engineering Education and Centers (EEC), and The Office of International Science and Engineering (OISE) of the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Department of Engineering and Technologies (DET) of the Taiwan National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) are pleased to announce and launch an NSF-NSTC semiconductor collaboration program titled “Advanced Chip Engineering Design and Fabrication (ACED Fab)”. This program aims to leverage the complementary academic talent and engineering strengths of semiconductor research in the U.S. and Taiwan to enable chip design and fabrication to advance semiconductor science, engineering, and education.

This partnership program is guided by the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and Implementing Arrangement for Cooperation in Advanced Semiconductor Chip Design and Fabrication signed by the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) and the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the United States (TECRO). The MOU provides guidelines for a collaborative arrangement whereby U.S. researchers may receive funding from NSF and Taiwan researchers may receive funding from the Taiwan National Science and Technology Council (NSTC). Through a lead agency model, NSF and NSTC, as AIT and TECRO’s Designated Representatives under the MOU, respectively, invite U.S. and Taiwan researchers to submit a single collaborative proposal that will undergo a single review process at NSF, which will be the lead agency. NSTC will honor the NSF merit review process and will coordinate with NSF on award decisions. Awards to researchers in the U.S. and Taiwan will be issued in parallel by NSF and NSTC, respectively.

The ACED Fab supports innovative design and fabrication projects of semiconductor chips utilizing advanced technologies of Taiwan’s semiconductor foundries. Proposals are encouraged to target emerging applications (but not limited to): High-performance, low-power circuits and systems; Edge-AI sensing, computing, and communication; Quantum computing and communication chips; and Emerging semiconductor heterogeneous integration.

An ACED Fab proposal must be an integrated collaborative effort between the U.S. and Taiwan researchers. The research project must aim to bring a specific innovation to integrated circuit prototypes that demonstrate advanced functionality and utilize advanced fabrication technology as differentiators. The scope of an ACED Fab proposal must include at least one semiconductor chip design for tape-out utilizing fabrication process technologies of Taiwan’s semiconductor foundries via multi-project wafer runs within the duration of the project.

General and specific inquiries regarding this funding opportunity are directed to email: nsf-acedfab@nsf.gov. 

Taiwan researchers are invited to read the NSTC announcement at https://www.nstc.gov.tw/folksonomy/rfpList?l=ch. The NSTC website indicates the funding limits for Taiwan researchers in this ACED Fab collaborative program. NSTC’s support for Taiwan researchers will be for the duration approved by NSF for the U.S. grantees of the same team.


Program contacts

For questions regarding international collaboration aspects of this solicitation, please contact:

  • Bridget Turaga, Office of International Science and Engineering (OISE), telephone: (703) 292-7320, email: bturaga@nsf.gov

For Taiwan NSTC Program Officers, please contact:

  • Kea-Tiong (Samuel)  Tang,  Department of Engineering and Technologies, NSTC,  telephone: +886(03)5162-1785,  email: kttang@ee.nthu.edu.tw

  • Yen-Hui  Liang,  Department of Engineering and Technologies, NSTC,  telephone: +886(02)2737-7525,  email: yhliang@nstc.gov.tw

  • Hwey-Ying (Vivien)  Lee,  Department of International Cooperation and Science Education, NSTC,  telephone: +886(02)2737-7150,  email: vvlee@nstc.gov.tw

General and specific inquiries regarding this funding opportunity are directed to email: nsf-acedfab@nsf.gov.



Jenshan Lin
nsf-acedfab@nsf.gov (703) 292-7360 ENG/ECCS
Premjeet Chahal
nsf-acedfab@nsf.gov (703) 292-7264 ENG/ECCS
Rosa Lukaszew
rlukasze@nsf.gov (703) 292-8103 ENG/ECCS
Catherine Walker
nsf-acedfab@nsf.gov (703) 292-7125 ENG/CBET
Thomas F. Kuech
nsf-acedfab@nsf.gov (703) 292-2218 ENG/CMMI
Nadia A. El-Masry
nsf-acedfab@nsf.gov (703) 292-4975 ENG/EEC
Bridget M. Turaga
bturaga@nsf.gov (703) 292-7320 OD/OISE

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