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Jan 22 -- The CHIPS Program Office (CPO), National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Commerce, invites comments to OMB by February 22, 2024 regarding the proposed Commercial Research and Development Facilities (R&D) Concept Plan and Full Application Information Collection Request. [Comments due 30 days after submission to OMB on January 23.]

The CHIPS Incentives Program is authorized by Title XCIX—Creating Helpful Incentives to Produce Semiconductors for America of the William M. (Mac) Thornberry National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021 (Pub. L. 116-283, referred to as the CHIPS Act or Act), as amended by the CHIPS Act of 2022 (Division A of Pub. L. 117-167). The CHIPS Incentives Program is administered by the CHIPS Program Office (CPO) within the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) of the United States Department of Commerce (Department) and requires the submission of an application to the Secretary of Commerce to receive funding under this program.

This information collection request is for the CHIPS Program Office’s (CPO) upcoming third notice of funding opportunity (NOFO), titled CHIPS Incentives Program Facilities for Commercial Research and Development Facilities. This NOFO seeks applications for CHIPS Incentives Awards that will support investments in the construction, expansion, or modernization of facilities in the United States for the research and development (R&D) of semiconductors.
 
This NOFO seeks applications for the construction, expansion, or modernization of Semiconductor R&D Facilities for the ongoing research and development of semiconductors including the engineering, piloting, prototyping, experimenting, and testing of next generation semiconductor manufacturing technologies. This category includes R&D for front- and back-end fabrication processes, including advanced packaging, as well as R&D for the materials used in semiconductor manufacturing and semiconductor manufacturing equipment. The primary purpose of these facilities is R&D for the potential commercialization of certain outputs in the future, and not production for current commercial operations.

CHIPS Program Office: https://www.nist.gov/chips
NIST submission to OMB: https://www.reginfo.gov/public/do/PRAViewICR?ref_nbr=202401-0693-003 Click IC List for information collection instrument, View Supporting Statement for technical documentation. Submit comments through this webpage.
FRN: https://www.federalregister.gov/d/2024-01069

For AEA members wishing to submit comments, "A Primer on How to Respond to Calls for Comment on Federal Data Collections" is available at https://www.aeaweb.org/content/file?id=5806

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