NSF Technology Innovation and Partnerships, Directorate
In August 2022, the CHIPS bill was signed into law. The CHIPS bill authorized $20 billion over five years for the new Technology, Innovation, and Partnerships (TIP) Directorate launched by the National Science Foundation (NSF). The bill formally established the new Directorate and stands up program and focus areas for research.
The TIP Directorate’s mission is to “maximize NSF’s impact by harnessing the nation’s vast and diverse talent pool to advance critical and emerging technologies, addressing pressing societal and economic challenges, and accelerating the translation of research results from the lab to market and society. TIP will improve U.S. competitiveness, grow the U.S. economy, and train a diverse workforce for future, high-wage jobs.”
The TIP Directorate emphasizes Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA) and successful applicants will prioritize authentic partnerships with diverse communities. TIP will structure partnerships as core to its foundations and will aim to bring together researchers, practitioners, and users to foster innovation and catalyze technology ecosystems.
Technology Focus Areas
The CHIPS bill gives NSF Director Dr. Panchanathan the ability to set up to five “societal, national, and geostrategic challenges” to guide the directorate’s activities, and reviewed annually and updated as necessary. The Director is also authorized to set up to ten key technology focus areas for the directorate, to be reviewed annually and updated as necessary. Institutions and faculty should consider how their research strengths align with the current 10 current technology focus areas.
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