The U.S. semiconductor industry is a strong partner in research investments, devoting $35 billion to R&D in 2014, the largest percentage of revenue of any industry.
The semiconductor industry also has a longstanding tradition of partnering with government and universities to establish effective research programs. In the 1980s, the industry teamed with government to create SEMATECH, which sponsors advanced semiconductor manufacturing research and is now recognized by many as the ideal model of public-private collaboration.
The industry also helps fund cutting edge university research through the Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC), the world's leading university research consortium for semiconductors and related technologies. SRC has launched hugely successful government-industry-university research partnerships – the Nanoelectronics Research Initiative (NRI) and the Semiconductor Technology Advanced Research network (STARnet) – that are unmatched in size and scope by programs in other industries.
SIA's Dustin Todd currently serves as chairman of the Task Force on American Innovation (TFAI), the leading coalition of industry, academic, and scientific groups in support of increased federal funding for basic scientific research. Under Dustin's leadership, TFAI works with the Administration and Congress to support research funded by a range of federal agencies, including NSF, NIST, DARPA, and the DOE Office of Science.