Protecting Semiconductor and CHIPS Technology

Funding Agency:
Department of State

In support of the Department of State implementation of the International Technology Security and Innovation (ITSI) Fund, appropriated under the Creating Helpful Incentives to Produce Semiconductors (CHIPS) Act of 2022, ISN/CTR will sponsor activities to secure semiconductor supply chains and mitigate risks that some uses of advanced semiconductors can pose to national and international security.

Priority Regions: Costa Rica, Panama, Vietnam, and other EAP, EUR, SCA, and WHA countries critical to the global semiconductor supply chain.

Semiconductors are a critical input for the development of military technologies, WMD-related technologies, and emerging technologies with potential dual-uses – such as artificial intelligence. Malign actors continue to undermine global business and research norms to increase access to semiconductor technology to gain undue economic and military advantages. Malign actors exploit gaps in the application of due diligence practices, physical security, and cybersecurity to acquire semiconductors and related manufacturing technology, as well as enhance their abilities to indigenously develop semiconductors.

In support of the CHIPS Act of 2022, ISN/CTR’s ITSI programing seeks to improve the capacity of academia, policy makers, industry leads, and practitioners to implement, enforce, or comply with policies, regulations, and semiconductor protection best practices to effectively protect critical technologies in the semiconductor supply chain, reducing the risked posed by the proliferation of semiconductor manufacturing equipment and semiconductors.

Applicants are only allowed to submit one proposal package per organization. If more than one proposal package is submitted from an organization, all proposals from that institution may be considered ineligible for funding. Interested applicants from within Duke should contact as early as possible.

Deadline: Jan. 31, 2024

Agency Website

Areas of Interest

  • LOE 1: Physical Security
  • LOE 2: Research Security
  • LOE 3: Cybersecurity
  • LOE 4: Open-Source Research
  • LOE 5: Due Diligence and Supply Chain Security
  • LOE 6: Building Semiconductor Security Networks

Eligibility Requirements

The following organizations are eligible to apply: • Not-for-profit organizations, including think tanks and civil society/non-governmental organizations • Public and private educational institutions • Federally funded research and development centers (FFRDCs) • For-profit organizations Public International Organizations and Governmental institutions

Amount Description

Award amounts: ISN/CTR prefers projects that cost less than $500,000 though awards may involve multiple projects. Awards may range from a minimum of $100,000 to a maximum of $5,000,000

Funding Type





Engineering and Physical Sciences
International Opportunities
Social Sciences

External Deadline

January 31, 2024