Federal R&D funding plays a critical role in U.S. competitiveness and future economic prosperity. As such, full funding of R&D programs at the National Institutes of Standards & Technology (NIST), the National Science Foundation (NSF), and the Department of Energy (DoE) must be elevated as a national priority. Funding of basic research is closely linked with our nation’s economic prosperity in the modern global economy. Effective research funding as a national priority should be bipartisan and must be backed up by a strong and united community of stakeholders and advocates in the business, professional, research, and education communities.
Basic science fuel continuous advances in microelectronics technologies. In addition, the federal government has the opportunity to bridge the gap between basic research and commercialization with programs like Manufacturing USA. Since the first Manufacturing USA center was launched in August 2012, more than a dozen other centers have been opened. SEMI and its members participate in many of these centers, such the Photonics (AIM) and Flexible Hybrid Electronics (NextFlex). SEMI urges Congress to fully fund this program. Further, SEMI endorses critical research and development investments at U.S. universities for engineering and science programs that are vital to competitive leadership in electronics and materials sciences.