Slots: 1 per organization.
Monday, August 14th, 2023, 5pm PT Contact RII.
External Deadline: September 29, 2023, 11:59pm EST
Award Type: Cooperative Agreement
Anticipated Award Amount: $13,800,000
Who May Serve as PI: The recipient must demonstrate ability to operate consecutively within the Americas and Indo-Pacific region.
Recipient must have demonstrated capability to provide both in-person and distance learning engagements, with in-person engagements preferred. Virtual engagement can take various forms, e.g., one-on-one meetings, small group consultations, webinars, and video conferences, among others.
The recipient must share international and regional best practices, techniques, protocols, and processes in these areas; draw upon national, regional, and international case studies, as well as their own implementation experience; draw from resources provided by multilateral regimes; and provide illustrative models of relevant investments that partners can emulate in developing their own.
Recognizing that the project requires in-depth knowledge of global supply chains and semiconductor industry, the recipient must have demonstrated experience with both aspects. Recipient must have demonstrated ability to understand, aggregate and utilize semiconductor supply chain data. Recipient needs to demonstrate a sufficient amount of subject matter expertise and understanding of how the U.S. government might review the supply chain for shortages, blockages and for misuse by malign actors. Recipient must provide evidence of prior successful project delivery by a U.S. Federal Agency, preferably in a related industry/supply chain.
The Department of State will issue an award to the recipient whose application represents the best value to the U.S. Government based on technical merit, efficient use of U.S. Government funds, and satisfactory organizational capacity. The Department of State reserves the right to make an award based on the initial application received with or without discussion or negotiations.
Process for Limited Submissions
PIs must submit their application as a Limited Submission through the Research Initiatives and Infrastructure (RII) Application Portal: https://rii.usc.edu/oor-portal/. Use the template provided here: RII Limited Submission Applicant Template
Materials to submit include:
- (1) Two-Page Proposal Summary (1” margins; single-spaced; standard font type, e.g. Arial, Helvetica, Times New Roman, or Georgia typeface; font size: 11 pt). Page limit includes references and illustrations. Pages that exceed the 2-page limit will be excluded from review. You must use the template linked above.
- (2) CV – (5 pages maximum)
Note: The portal requires information about the PIs in addition to department and contact information, including the 10-digit USC ID#, Gender, and Ethnicity. Please have this material prepared before beginning this application.
The semiconductor supply chain is global but there are certain countries that are currently active in various areas/components of the supply chain. After reviewing the supply chain, EB/TPN/MTA has identified existing or potential bottlenecks in infrastructure, regulatory environment, or workforce in key economies. This NOFO invites proposals that target the existing supply chain with a goal to expand and diversify the current composition – to “rewire” the supply chain.
The Program goals are to engage host governments, industry, and stakeholders to address supply chain gaps/bottlenecks, increase private investment, build technical capacity, improve global integration, and develop the workforce in order to facilitate new investments that will complement and support the growth of new U.S. chip production.
The objectives are to: 1) improve the business environments so as to facilitate private sector efforts that generate additional capabilities in ATP facilities; 2) expand and diversify the required workforce to ensure growth is possible; and 3) improve regulatory environments that will encourage diversification and expansion of the ATP global supply chain.
EB/TPN/MTA seeks to fund recipients to deliver tangible, measurable capacity development and technical assistance programming that helps address these regulatory and institutional weaknesses and facilitates expansion of workforce capacity needs. Proposals should reflect a clear understanding of the problem set. As denoted further within each project description below, efforts may include research, training, workshops and seminars, targeted industry outreach, technical consultations, and mentorship. As appropriate, EB/TPN/MTA may supplement recipient’s subject matter expertise with USG experts from the Departments of State, Commerce, Treasury, and others. Their participation and travel will be covered separately.
Visit our Institutionally Limited Submission webpage for more updates and other announcements.