North Carolina's Semiconductor Industry

With the importance of semiconductor manufacturing in North Carolina, the purpose of this site is to provide interested businesses with information on state resources, useful data, grants, and funding opportunities made available by the CHIPS and Science Act.

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CHIPS for America has announced the first funding opportunity for its incentives program. This funding opportunity seeks applications for projects for the construction, expansion, or modernization of commercial facilities for the front- and back-end fabrication of leading-edge, current-generation, and mature-node semiconductors. Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis beginning on March 31, 2023.

See Notice of Funding Opportunity: Commercial Fabrication Facilities | NIST for additional details.

Two additional NOFOs for the CHIPS for America Program are forthcoming. In Late Spring 2023, there will be a NOFO for material suppliers and equipment manufacturers. In Fall 2023, there will be a NOFO to support the construction of semiconductor R&D facilities. Additional details on these funding opportunities will be provided as they are available.

The NC Department of Commerce Labor and Economic Analysis Division (LEAD) is compiling semiconductor-specific business, labor, and training data to support the development of CHIPS proposals. Check back for links to this data soon. LEAD’s labor search data tool – Demand Driven Data Delivery (D4) – may also be a helpful tool to access state and local industry, occupation, employment, unemployment, custom demographic reports, business data, and area maps.

Workforce Development Partners

Recruiting, Screening and Training Support

NC Colleges and Universities

K-12 Partners

Career Exploration Tools

The NC Department of Commerce Division of Workforce Solutions is working to develop a template for a workforce development plan. Check back for a link to this template soon.

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Businesses preparing to expand can receive personalized assistance to address specific needs or coordination of resources from regional and statewide partners. Connect with the Economic Development Partnership’s Regional Industry Managers for support at EDPNC Grow a Business Contacts.

Additionally, NC State University Industry Expansion Solutions offers businesses support to enable them to improve their operations through continuous improvement, lean manufacturing, ISO certification, additive manufacturing, and other targeted solutions.

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