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Semiconductor Supply Chain Research

Semiconductor Supply Chain Research

Recent events have turned the national conversation toward potential supply chain issues related to semiconductors. The Charles Koch Foundation is interested in evaluating claims about supply chain fragilities. We are also interested in developing market-based ideas to mitigate supply chain disruptions without imposing new industrial policies or unnecessary government interventions.

To that end, the Charles Koch Foundation is interested in funding research projects up to $25,000 that:

  • Explores U.S. semiconductor supply chain resiliency in the event of a China-related supply shock
  • Contextualizes semiconductor supply chain relative to other critical input supply chains
  • Examines public policy solutions that have been suggested or passed by lawmakers and assesses whether they would help move the United States to the technological cutting edge of semiconductor manufacturing
  • Explores barriers to domestic manufacturing of semiconductors, such as assessing which laws and regulations could be altered to improve our semiconductor supply chain resiliency or examining labor force or other issues that contribute to the United States’ declining share of semiconductor manufacturing
  • Examines historic examples of critical technologies/resources and whether contemporary fears were accurate
  • Assesses whether/how semiconductor supply chain fragility could be manipulated by a malicious actor to harm the United States

Compelling research proposals will address one or more of the above issues, and:

  • May be new research or an expansion of existing work.
  • Will create one or more research products in 3-6 months from receipt of funds. Research products may be traditional academic outputs such as a journal article or nontraditional outputs such as a series of published op-eds or policy memos.
  • Will develop policy-relevant findings or recommendations.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Grant Criteria

  • A two-to-five page abstract of the project on behalf of your university or college. The abstract should provide sufficient detail for reviewers to assess the nature and feasibility of the idea.* 
  • A CV or résumé.* 
  • A brief, itemized budget.* 
  • Final projects should be original and meet the highest standards of their field and must not have been previously published.

*Items are required in application. 


Funding levels are commensurate with the requirements of the research and the potential for the research to advance an understanding of critical issues. Accepted proposals may also receive support to disseminate the research findings. 

Review & Notification Process

Proposals will be accepted and evaluated on a rolling basis.