$504M! Biden Administration Funds 12 US Incubators

Joseph Adebayo

The Biden administration has allocated $504 million to twelve US Tech Hubs as part of the 2022 Chips Act. This funding boosts innovation in rural, industrial, and lower-income areas, supporting diverse research and development initiatives from climate solutions to quantum computing.

What’s Happening & Why This Matters 

US President Joe Biden directed $504 million to twelve selected “Tech Hubs” across various states. Announced on Tuesday, this initiative forms part of the broader 2022 Chips Act. Vice President Kamala Harris emphasized the goal of these Tech Hubs: to equip different regions with the resources necessary for future economic leadership and to create well-paying jobs for American workers.

These twelve Tech Hubs represent a strategic portion of the 31 hubs designated by Biden last year. The funding targets regions based on their specific focus areas:

  • South Florida: Engineering infrastructure resilient to climate change.
  • Ohio: Developing sustainable polymers to reduce reliance on rubber and fossil fuel-based plastics.
  • Wisconsin, Indiana, New Hampshire: Concentrating on healthcare innovations.
  • Oklahoma: Focusing on autonomous solutions.
  • South Carolina: Enhancing clean energy supply chains.
  • Nevada: Establishing a lithium lifecycle cluster.
  • New York: Boosting chip manufacturing capabilities.
  • Colorado: Advancing quantum computing research for AI, climate change, and medical applications.
  • Montana: Supporting photonic remote sensor research.

The White House notes that these hubs are deliberately situated outside high-income, economically developed areas like Silicon Valley. The administration’s plans seek to democratize access to tech innovation and scientific advancement across the country.

Economic and Strategic Goals 

The Chips and Science Act dedicates billions to fostering job growth and technological advancement in the US. The Biden administration aims for the US to emerge as a leading producer and manufacturer of advanced semiconductor chips. Significant investments include grants and loans awarded to major tech companies:

  • Samsung: $6.4 billion
  • Intel: $8.5 billion
  • TSMC: $11.6 billion
  • Micron: $6.1 billion

These investments align with the administration’s ambition to position the US as a global powerhouse in chip manufacturing.

TF Summary: What’s Next 

The infusion of $504 million into these twelve Tech Hubs marks a significant step towards decentralized tech innovation across the US. By focusing on diverse research areas, these hubs are set to contribute substantially to various sectors including healthcare, autonomous technology, sustainable materials, and more. The successful implementation of these projects can model further investments in tech innovation outside traditional high-income regions. The emphasis on job creation and fostering economic growth through scientific development will continue to be a cornerstone of the Biden administration’s tech policy.

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By Joseph Adebayo “TF UX”
Joseph Adebayo is the user experience maestro. With a degree in Graphic Design and certification in User Experience, he has worked as a UX designer in various tech firms. Joseph's expertise lies in evaluating products not just for their technical prowess but for their usability, design, and consumer appeal. He believes that technology should be accessible, intuitive, and aesthetically pleasing.
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