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Budd-Supported $39.4 Million Semiconductor Grant Awarded to NC State

Washington, D.C. — Today, Senator Ted Budd (R-NC) applauded the announcement of a $39.4 million Department of Defense (DOD) grant award to North Carolina State University to help accelerate the development of wide- and ultrawide-bandgap semiconductors to help meet DOD’s present and future needs.

The Commercial Leap Ahead for Wide-bandgap Semiconductors (CLAWS) proposal would partner with advanced technology companies and academic institutions such as Adroit Materials, General Electric, Kyma, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (NC A&T), and Wolfspeed.

Senator Budd led a bipartisan letter on June 23, 2023 urging DOD to consider the CLAWS proposal.

Sen. Budd said in a statement:

“I’d like to thank the DOD for choosing to invest in NC State’s CLAWS proposal. It is critical that the United States takes the lead in semiconductor manufacturing, and it was a privilege to advocate for North Carolina’s unique capacity to get the job done for our national and economic security.”


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