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CHIPS for America

About CHIPS for America

Semiconductors, or chips, are tiny electronic devices that are integral to America’s economic and national security. These devices power tools as simple as a light switch and as complex as a fighter jet or a smartphone. Semiconductors power our consumer electronics, automobiles, data centers, critical infrastructure, and virtually all military systems. They are also essential building blocks of the technologies that will shape our future, including artificial intelligence, biotechnology, and clean energy.

While the United States remains a global leader in semiconductor design and research and development, it has fallen behind in manufacturing and now accounts for only about 10 percent of global commercial production. Today, none of the most advanced logic and memory chips—the chips that power PCs, smartphones, and supercomputers—are manufactured at commercial scale in the United States. In addition, many elements of the semiconductor supply chain are geographically concentrated, leaving them vulnerable to disruption and endangering the global economy and U.S. national security.

That’s why President Biden signed the bipartisan CHIPS and Science Act of 2022 into law. The law provides the Department of Commerce with $50 billion for a suite of programs to strengthen and revitalize the U.S. position in semiconductor research, development, and manufacturing—while also investing in American workers. CHIPS for America encompasses two offices responsible for implementing the law: The CHIPS Research and Development Office is investing $11 billion into developing a robust domestic R&D ecosystem, while the CHIPS Program Office is dedicating $39 billion to provide incentives for investment in facilities and equipment in the United States. Learn more about CHIPS for America from this video message from the Secretary of Commerce

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s CHIPS Program Office's first funding opportunity seeks applications for projects for the construction, expansion, or modernization of commercial facilities for the fabrication of leading-edge, current-generation, and mature-node semiconductors. Through that funding opportunity, the CHIPS Program Office is accepting applications for projects for the construction, expansion, or modernization of semiconductor materials and manufacturing equipment facilities for which the capital investment equals or exceeds $300 million. In September 2023, the CHIPS Program Office requested applications for projects with capital investment below $300 million involving the construction, expansion, or modernization of commercial facilities in the United States for semiconductor materials and equipment. Since the opening of the Concept Plan phase of the application process in December 2023, the Department received a total of 165 concept plans for projects across 30 states, with Arizona, Texas, and California being the largest states represented. Among those concept plans submitted, 41 projects came from 15 consortia, in line with the Department’s recommendation to apply in groups that would leverage existing connections between companies, state and local governments, and other regional organizations to build regional semiconductor clusters. The Concept Plans represent over $13 billion in capital investment, with an average project cost of $82 million. They span the breadth of the semiconductor industry, from materials needed for advanced production to equipment and subcomponents.  

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For general inquiries about CHIPS for America, contact askchips [at] chips.gov (askchips[at]chips[dot]gov).

For inquiries about the CHIPS Incentives Program, contact apply [at] chips.gov.

For Congressional inquiries about CHIPS for America, contact legislativeaffairs [at] chips.gov (legislativeaffairs[at]chips[dot]gov).

To request a meeting with a CHIPS staff member or an appearance at an event, visit https://askchips.chips.gov.

The CHIPS Incentives Program Portal can be found at https://applications.chips.gov.