UC Santa Barbara was chosen along with 15 other institutions partaking in the Creating Helpful Incentives to Produce Semiconductors and Science Act, an act that appropriated $52.7 billion for semiconductor manufacturing, research and development, workforce training and education for fiscal years 2022-27.
The bipartisan act was co-sponsored by U.S. Congressman Salud Carbajal and passed by Congress in July 2022 to support regional technology hubs, diversify the national S.T.E.M. workforce and expand access to American-made 5G technology.
UCSB belongs to the California Defense Ready Electronics and Microdevices Superhub, one of eight microelectronics common regional innovation hubs that will be funded through the Creating Helpful Incentives to Produce Semiconductors (C.H.I.P.S.) and Science Act.
Of the $52.7 billion, $27 million will be awarded to the California Defense Ready Electronics and Microdevices Superhub that includes 15 other institutions alongside UCSB. This hub is one of eight Microelectronics Commons regional innovation hubs, and the award for all eight hubs totals to $238 million — the largest award to date under the C.H.I.P.S. and Science Act.
“I am proud to have worked with my alma mater to ensure that UC Santa Barbara is part of this critical research,” Carbajal said in a press release. “UCSB will be part of our efforts to once again put our nation on the cutting edge of semiconductor R&D — driving innovation in America and helping ensure critical components like these are immune to international supply chain shocks like we saw last year,” he continued.
The hubs are tasked with accelerating domestic hardware prototyping and semiconductor technologies, help mitigate supply chain risks of and expedite domestic access to microchips and build educational opportunities for the future workforce in microelectronics research and development.
This act is projected to create 100,000 new jobs in technological manufacturing and in general S.T.E.M.-related fields.
“The UC Santa Barbara NanoFab has served as an innovation center for years by supporting the research of hundreds of users from academia, industry, and the government and fostering an ecosystem of startups and innovation in the Santa Barbara community,” UCSB College of Engineering Dean Umesh Mishra said in the press release. “We possess the knowledge, experience, world-class facility, and expert staff to do that at a grander scale and expedite the lab-to-fab process to deliver impactful technologies and solutions.”
A version of this article appeared on p. 3 of the Oct. 12, 2023 print edition of the Daily Nexus.
[Correction 10/18/2023 9:47 a.m.]: This article previously stated that C.H.I.P.S. and Science Act was written by U.S. Congressman Salud Carbajal. The article has since been corrected to stating that the act was co-sponsored by Carbajal.