SEMI Webcast Outlines Federal Funding Opportunities for Photonics Manufacturing Innovation
This webinar was held on November 5. Hosted by SEMI the webcast featured government relations authorities from McAllister & Quinn who reviewed opportunities for companies in the microelectronics manufacturing supply chain on ways to participate in a federally funded $200 million public-private partnership aimed at accelerating domestic photonics manufacturing capabilities.
The U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory recently released a Notice of Intent to launch a competition for an Integrated Photonics Institute as part of the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI). The President has already launched four similar Institutes as part of an effort to bolster US manufacturing. These Institutes are expected to bring together industry, universities and community colleges, federal agencies, and the states to accelerate innovation by investing in industrially-relevant manufacturing technologies with broad applications to bridge the gap between basic research and product development, provide shared assets to help companies access cutting-edge capabilities and equipment, and create an unparalleled environment to educate and train students and workers in advanced manufacturing skills.
A competition for this new Institute for Manufacturing Innovation (IMI) will be issued for $110M in federal funding matched by at least the same amount in private funding. The Photonics IMI will be structured to promote improvements in the cross-cutting disciplines of design, packaging, reliability and test to be applied across multiple technology topic areas leveraging common manufacturing approaches. The IMI will include funding support for the build out of a photonics fab that would include materials, tools, components, and devices.
There is potential for SEMI members to secure federal grant funding. SEMI members that are interested in learning more about the Photonics IMI process may join the 30-minute webcast free of charge.