NIST offers $2.6M for semiconductor research beyond CMOS

March 20, 2012 — The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is soliciting proposals of long-term research in next-generation semiconductor technology. NIST is putting up $2.6 million in federal cost-shared funding for a project’s first year, with the potential for continued funding for up to 5 years.

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Under the terms of the proposal request, posted at, the consortium that receives the funding will be required to provide a minimum of 25% of its budget from nonfederal sources.

NIST expects to spur the development of novel technologies that will be radically different than current complementary metal oxide semiconductor (CMOS) chips. As CMOS reaches its physical limitations of scaling, density, and power consumption — expected within 10-15 years — new technologies will be needed.

Apply for the grant:
NIST will support a program involving an industry-guided partnership, possibly including commercial, academic, nonprofit and/or governmental organizations. The funding recipient should be a consortium of organizations that can undertake a far-reaching effort beyond the scope of any one consortium member.

Proposal submissions must be received by 5PM EST, Monday, April 16, 2012. Selection and award processing is expected to be completed in July, and the earliest anticipated start date for awards is expected to be October 1, 2012.

For more information, including submission guidelines and evaluation criteria, visit and search for Funding Opportunity Number 2012-NIST-POST-CMOS-01.
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