CHIPS & Science Act for Michigan Businesses

The semiconductor industry is a top priority for Michigan, and MEDC is working to make Michigan the most attractive place to grow your business by helping you leverage opportunities from the CHIPS and Science Act.

Michigan Drives Global Semiconductor Superiority

As global demands continue to grow and evolve across every phase of the semiconductor process, Michigan is shepherding in the new guard for the industry. Team Michigan has identified the areas of the CHIPs application that require direct state input (e.g., workforce development, technical feasibility) and is prepared to quickly provide information needed to complete a successful CHIPS application. If your business is seeking CHIPs funding or needs assistace with their application, MEDC can help.


Michigan's leadership in the semicondctor industry was showcased in August 2022 when President Biden joined Governor Whitmer and representatives from Hemlock remotely for the signing of an executive directive guiding the implementation of the CHIPS Act, which aims to boost domestic chip production and semiconductor manufacturing in the United States.

Continuing this leadership, MEDC is available to help Michigan businesses prepare to apply for available incentives that are part of the CHIPS act.

Separated into different categories, CHIPS act incentives include:

  • Domestic Manufacturing Incentives ($39 billion):
    Aimed to incentivize investment in facilities and equipment in the U.S. for the fabrication, assembly, testing, advanced packaging, production or research and development of semiconductors, materials used to manufacture semiconductors, or semiconductor manufacturing equipment. 

  • R&D and Workforce Development Incentives ($11 billion):
    Targeted to semiconductor research and development initiatives to conduct advanced semiconductor manufacturing R&D and prototyping, invest in new technologies, and expand workforce training and development opportunities.

  • Department of Defense/Microelectronics Commons ($2 billion)
    To support the Microelectronics Commons, a national network for onshore, university-based prototyping, lab-to-fab transition of semiconductor technologies—including Department of Defense-unique applications—and semiconductor workforce training.

  • Department of State – Certain International Efforts ($500 million)
    To coordinate certain international information and communications technology security and semiconductor supply chain activities.

  • National Science Foundation – Workforce and Education ($200 million)
    Aimed to promote the growth of the semiconductor workforce.


Michigan's Semiconductor Ecosystem

Home to the largest producer of polysilicon in the U.S., a top 10 semiconductor workforce, the nation's top global institute for semiconductor training, and a strong customer base to support future growth, Michigan is a global innovation hub for the semiconductor industry.




Michigan’s ability to support the semiconductor industry extends from its deep knowledge as a customer of the sector, as the global epicenter of the automotive industry. The state is home to nearly one-fifth of U.S. auto production—more than any other state in the nation—and has the greatest concentration of OEMs in the country, with 26 having headquarters or technology centers in the state.

Add to that, Michigan’s automotive industry purchased nearly $35 million in products and services from semiconductor companies in Michigan in 2020 alone, building on the state’s leadership in semiconductor R&D and testing due in large part to the state’s talent and processes supported by Hemlock Semiconductor, KLA and the University of Michigan, which is the top global institute for semiconductor training.

Did you Know? 

  • Michigan Ranks 5th highest in the nation for advanced manufacturing workforce, with 65,000+ workers.
  • Michigan has 20,000 square feet of cleanroom laboratory space.
  • Michigan has the 4th highest business R&D spending-to-GDP ratio.
  • Michigan accounts for more than 12,000 STEM graduates at nationally ranked higher education partners.
  • Michigan offers more than 50 semiconductor-related courses, designed for or inclusive of semiconductor-specific training.
  • Located in Michigan, Fraunhofer Center Midwest, offers expertise in Microelectronics research and product development.
  • Higher education institutions across the state have already partnered with industry leaders through individualized programs and the Midwest Semiconductor Network.
  • MEDC's Talent Action Team (TAT) Semis, is an industry-led talent and research advisory group, planning to announce millions in investment toward semiconductor workforce efforts over the next few months.


Semiconductor Scholars program to attract top engineering talent.

Semiconductor Scholars program to attract top engineering talent.

Semiconductor Technician Curriculum Development.

Semiconductor Technician Curriculum Development.

PK-12 semiconductor-specific competitions and engagement to raise awareness.

PK-12 semiconductor-specific competitions and engagement to raise awareness.

Launch digital talent campaign to draw nationwide talent to the MI semiconductor industry.

Launch digital talent campaign to draw nationwide talent to the MI semiconductor industry.

Provide barrier removal supports (e.g., transportation, childcare) through our MWA partners.

Provide barrier removal supports (e.g., transportation, childcare) through our MWA partners.

Develop joint lab space for research and training.

Develop joint lab space for research and training.

When we announced KLA's plans for bringing our second north American headquarters to Michigan, we knew it was going to be an exceptional place to expand our R&D programs and develop a new AI center of excellence. Demands for innovations in semiconductors continue to increase as we see technologies like 5G and AI proliferate. We are pleased with our progress with more than 200 new hires at the Michigan site, even with the challenges of COVID in 2020. We are excited about our long-term growth plans.

Bobby Bell

Chief Strategy Officer, KLA

The growth of electric vehicles is opening an exciting new chapter for the auto industry as it provides consumers with more environmentally friendly transportation options. SK Siltron CSS is proud to partner with the state of Michigan to build the supply chain and create the skilled jobs required to support the next generation of EVs, ensuring Michigan remains the automotive center of the world.

Jianwei Dong

CEO, SK Siltron CSS

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