December 2022 NIST Congressional and Legislative Affairs Constituent Newsletter


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Constituent Newsletter  – December 2022

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Industrial Advisory Committee Meeting

The Industrial Advisory Committee will hold an open meeting in-person and via web conference on Thursday, Dec. 8, 2022, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Eastern Time.

The primary purposes of this meeting are to update the committee on the progress of the CHIPS for America initiative’s research and development programs, receive updates from the committee working groups, and allow the committee to deliberate and discuss the progress that has been made.

The final agenda will be posted HERE.

The meeting will be held in person and via web conference from the Grand Hyatt Washington Hotel, located at 1000 H St. NW, Washington, D.C. 

Anyone wishing to attend this meeting in-person or via web conference must register by 5 p.m. Eastern Time, Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2022. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Non-U.S. citizens must submit additional information to register. Please contact Tamiko Ford at for more information.

The Industrial Advisory Committee is currently composed of 24 members, appointed by the Secretary of Commerce, to provide advice to the United States government on matters relating to microelectronics research, development, manufacturing and policy.


Update on the National Semiconductor Technology Center

The CHIPS for America initiative will invest $50 billion to supercharge the U.S. semiconductor industry and revitalize our innovation ecosystem. This funding includes $11 billion for research and development—the focal point of which will be the National Semiconductor Technology Center (NSTC), an innovation hub that will advance semiconductor technology and seed new industries built on the capabilities of a wide range of advanced chips.

The NSTC will be a public-private consortium that provides a platform where government, industry, customers, suppliers, educational institutions, entrepreneurs, workforce representatives, and investors converge to address the semiconductor ecosystem’s most pressing challenges and opportunities.

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Winners Announced in First Phase of UK-US Privacy-Enhancing Technologies Prize Challenges

The United Kingdom and the United States governments have announced the 12 winners of the first phase of the U.K.-U.S. privacy-enhancing technologies prize challenges. Competing for cash prizes from a combined U.S.-U.K. prize pool of $1.6 million, participants are developing solutions that will enable artificial intelligence models to be trained on sensitive data without organizations having to reveal, share or combine their raw data. 

Winning challenge solutions will be showcased at the second Summit for Democracy, which President Joe Biden plans to convene in the first half of 2023. The U.S. challenge is funded and administered by NIST and the U.S. National Science Foundation.

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NIST PSCR Awards $224,000 in Phase 2 of the CommanDING Tech Challenge

In November, NIST PSCR announced the Phase 2 winners of the CommanDING Tech Challenge and $224,000 in cash awards. Eight of the 15 competitors were selected to advance to Phase 3. In January 2023, they will take part in dashboard assessment and testing in-person at the Public Safety Immersive Test Center. Learn more about the prize challenge.


NIST PSCR Awards $112,500 in Stage 2.1 of the First Responder UAS Indoor Challenge

On November 14, NIST PSCR announced the Stage 2.1 winners of the First Responder UAS Indoor Challenge and $112,500 in cash awards. Fifteen competitors received cash prizes and nineteen competitors total were selected to advance to Stage 2.2: Prototype Build & Safety Evaluation. Walk-on contestants are also encouraged to compete in Stage 2.2. Learn more about the prize challenge.