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Microelectronics Program Trends by Emerging Tech Category, by Buyers/Programs, by Use Cases and Applications, by Geographic Location, and by Companies (including Underserved)
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Microelectronics stands as a linchpin in technological advancement, vital for national security, economic competitiveness, and societal progress. U.S. federal government has made strategic investments through various policies including the CHIPS Act, National Semiconductor Strategy, Electronics Resurgence Initiative, etc. to bolster this industry.
This report and accompanying datasets and dashboard provide deep insights into the microelectronics market, the use cases are being funded, who is investing in them, which companies are winning, and which regions are emerging as hotbeds of innovation.
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Highlights from our ongoing analysis
  • The Department of Defense confronts a growing disparity between civilian and military technology, exacerbated by geopolitical tensions and the global consolidation of manufacturing. To bridge this divide and bolster national security, the Department of Defense has allocated an impressive $1.1 billion for dual-use technology, marking a significant increase from the prior year's investment of $531 million. This substantial funding surge aligns with the CHIPS Act, which dedicates $280 billion over a decade to bolster research, semiconductor manufacturing, and chip production, ensuring that federal support keeps pace with the thriving commercial semiconductor sector.
  • The objective of the report is to cover the federal R&D funding landscape of key emerging microelectronics technologies, viz., materials research, chip fabrication, advanced packaging and testing, etc.
  • This report examines R&D investments made by the U.S. federal government on Microelectronics and related technologies through SBIR/STTR, Grants, and Other Transactions Awards during FY2018-FY2022.
  • Some high-level insights include:
    • Over $6B spent on Microelectronics-related R&D by the U.S. federal government signifying a 133% growth during FY2018-FY2022.
    • 72% of Microelectronics-related federal R&D awards were made through grants worth $4.3B during FY18-FY22. During the same time period, $1.2B worth of SBIR/STTR awards were awarded for microelectronics-related R&D awards.
    • Use Cases – Market verticals where technology adoption is highest include Aerospace/Defense, Healthcare, Energy & Power, Automotive, and Consumer Electronics. Examples of high frequency use cases being invested include Military-Grade Logic Devices for Guidance, Navigation, and Control, Lab-on-a-Chip, Healthcare Robotics, Energy Storage and Distribution Optimization, EV Charging Infrastructure, Vehicle Electrification, Smart Wearable Devices, etc.
    • Agencies - DOD and NSF have awarded more than 75% of the R&D awards. Within DOD, the Dept. of Air Force, Army, Navy, and DARPA are the making the most R&D investments. Other prominent civilian agencies include the Department of Energy, HHS, NASA, and Dept. of Commerce which comprises $1.5B worth of microelectronics awards.
    • 2K+ suppliers and research institutions were awarded microelectronics R&D awards during FY18-FY22; Only 22% of awardees were underserved. SBIR/STTR program has utilized the highest proportion of underserved suppliers with 34%, OTAs utilized 20% underserved suppliers whereas grants had the lowest share of underserved suppliers at 14%.
    • Emerging Regional Innovation Clusters – Various innovation clusters are emerging in regions such as Boston-Cambridge-Newton (MA-NH), Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim (CA), Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia (NC-SC), etc. These R&D innovation “hotbeds” have attracted the highest proportion of R&D investments.
Table of Contents
  1. Report Introduction
    1. Report Introduction
    2. Introduction and Methodology
    3. R&D Data Sets Analyzed
  2. Defining Critical and Emerging Technologies
    1. Critical Technologies Defined by Various Agencies and Their Policies
    2. Consolidated Critical Technologies based on PSF’s AI-MI Market Ontology Match
  3. Microelectronics Market Overview and Industry Trends
    1. Microelectronics Ecosystem Mapping
    2. Market Breakdown by Value Chain
    3. Market Breakdown by End-Use Industries
    4. Use-Cases and Technologies in Different Market Verticals Funded by Federal Government
  4. R&D Award Trend Analysis
    1. R&D Awards Growth Trend by Year and Funding Sources
    2. R&D Award Breakdown by Funding Sources
  5. Federal Demand Analysis and Portfolio of Agencies & Programs
    1. Federal Agencies Breakdown by R&D Investments and Funding Sources
    2. Utilization of Different R&D Contracting Channels (Funding Sources) Across Federal Agencies
    3. Example List of Program Offices Involved in Microelectronics
    4. Example List of Program Offices and R&D Awards
  6. Portfolio of Companies Winning R&D Awards
    1. Suppliers Involvement Based on Underserved Status
    2. Suppliers Trend Analysis by R&D Awards Across Different Funding Sources
    3. Suppliers Breakdown by Socioeconomic Designations
    4. Comparative Analysis of Underserved Suppliers Across Different Funding Sources (i.e., SBIR/STTR, Grants and OTAs)
    5. Suppliers Breakdown by Number of R&D Awards and Funding Sources
    6. Example List of R&D Funded Suppliers with Capabilities and Experience Data
  7. Other Ecosystem Participants
    1. Breakdown of Venture Capital Firms, Accelerators, Investment Partners, and Other Financing Institutions
    2. Illustrative List of Research Institutions/ Facilities and Universities with Sample Profile
  8. Regional Innovation Clusters Analysis
    1. Top 50 Regional Innovation Clusters by Federal Funding Sources based on Absolute and Per Capita Amount
    2. Top 50 Regional Innovation Clusters by All R&D Funding
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What Others are Saying About Our Analysis
This is a terrific report. We're going to share internally. Is it okay to share external to the DOD. There are more than a handful of companies that would find this useful.
Director at Defense Innovation Unit
This is some of the best work I’ve ever seen using taxonomies and unstructured data! Imagine, applying this same analysis to millions all investments by region and people.
Executive Director, University of Chicago Center for Impact Sciences
This is fantastic data! We certainly would like a briefing.
SVP of Microelectronics and Advanced Technologies, Large OTA Manager
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