Apply for seed funding from the Southwest Advanced Prototyping Hub, Aug. 11

A photo of microelectronics components at the STAM Center at Arizona State University.

The Southwest Advanced Prototyping, or SWAP, Hub is accepting proposals for research and development seed projects.

SWAP is a microelectronics innovation and prototyping hub led by ASU that has been submitted to the National Security Technology Accelerator for consideration as part of the Microelectronics Commons, a $1.63 billion Department of Defense program funded by the 2022 CHIPS and Science Act. The SWAP Hub has more than 60 leading corporate, startup, academic and national lab partners from the semiconductor and defense sectors in Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado and beyond.

Proposals must include collaborations between ASU researchers and other SWAP Hub members, including companies, national laboratories and educational institutions.

This funding is expected to provide four projects with $50,000 each for a total of $200,000 investment from ASU. Seed projects should be aligned with 5G/6G technology, artificial intelligence hardware, or commercial leap-ahead technologies and they should set the stage for much larger microelectronics prototyping projects that begin at TRL 3-4.

Review the submission site for additional details and proposal templates. Applications are due by 5 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 11, 2023.