May 15, 2013
By: Larry Rulison
Source: Times Union
Grant will support school's role in the Nanoelectronics Research Initiative
$8.3 million public/private grant that the College of Nanoscale Science
and Engineering is getting for its role in what is known as the
Nanoelectronics Research Initiative will likely mean an additional $50
million in spending at the school by computer-chip manufacturing
Started in 2005, the Nanoelectronics Research
Initiative is a joint program of the federal National Institute of
Standards and Technology and the Semiconductor Research Corp., a
consortium of chip companies that support cutting-edge academic research
for the industry. The initiative, also known as the NRI, was designed
to support the nation's top researchers and students in their quest to
invent the next generation of computer chips.
In 2006, the
NanoCollege created a research center known as the Institute for
Nanoelectronics Discovery and Exploration, or INDEX, that became one of
the lead schools for the NRI. Other universities include Purdue,
Virginia, Cornell and Columbia.
The $8.3 million grant
to the NanoCollege is part of what is known as NRI 2.0, a second round
of funding for the Nanoelectronics Research Initiative totaling $25
million over five years. Half of the money is coming from the federal
government, the other half from industry firms such as IBM, Intel and
GlobalFoundries, which each have research operations at the NanoCollege.
New York state had to promise about $100 million in support of INDEX
during the first round of funding, this time around, the NanoCollege won
funding without promising any state funding.
said many of the competing proposals for this second round included
state-level funding support. But he said the NanoCollege and its
cutting-edge industry programs and clean-room facilities have become so
vital to the industry that no state money is needed anymore to attract
Although many states — including New York — have showered
high-tech companies with grants and tax breaks to convince them to move
to or expand in the state, New York has taken a tactical shift in
recent years by putting those same resources into its research
facilities such as the NanoCollege to attract high-tech investment.
is driving everything in the economy now," Kaloyeros said, adding that
the governor himself "did a heck on an eloquent pitch" for the grant.
Kaloyeros said, will be involved in research that shatters the common
perception of how computer chips work and how they can be used. One of
the new technologies that could be developed are bio-chips that mimic
the human brain and use materials that have never been used by the