SEMIconductors

Semiconductors are 1 of the 5 technologies of tomorrow. They are critical to the UK’s economic and national security and to the strategic advantage that the UK will secure on the global stage. Semiconductors are the silent enablers of technological process, contributing significantly to the advancement of industries in the United Kingdom.

Semiconductors – an essential role

As part of the Future Economy Review (FER), the Skills, Education, Manufacture Innovations for SEMIconductors programme was developed in close alignment with the UK Semiconductor Strategy to support the domestic manufacturing landscape and workforce, and to develop closer international collaborations.

Semiconductors play essential roles in all of the seven technology families defined in the UK Innovation Strategy: Advanced Materials and Manufacturing; AI, Digital and Advanced; Computing; Bioinformatics and Genomics; Engineering Biology; Electronics, Photonics and Quantum; Energy and Environment Technologies; Robotics and Smart Machines.

This programme ensures that the UK has a secure and relevant position and capability within the global semiconductor landscape.

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Innovate UK are investing £18 million into the FER-SEMIconductors programme to support innovation and aid the development of technologies in a wide range of sectors. The programme aims to identify common problems and underlying issues experienced throughout the semiconductor community and provide solutions.

Semiconductor related projects and investments:​

  • Skills – schools’ engagement/STEM, apprenticeships and internships, up-skilling and re-skilling of existing workforce, technical courses and vocational training, CPD
  • Manufacturing – developing manufacturing through innovation projects, support a resilient UK supply chain, building collaborations across the wider UK semiconductor industry
  • Collaborative research & development (CR&D) – further developing methods for the improvement and scale-up of UK semiconductors manufacturing 
  • Innovation Knowledge Centre (IKCs) – providing joint funding with Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) to encourage closer links between academia and industry and to drive emergent semiconductor technologies towards market

The FER-SEMIconductor programme is conceived as an enabling technology programme in parallel with the IUK support already directed at the end-application aspect of semiconductors. 

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