About Focus Center Research Program
FCRP Legacy Content
FCRP Phase V ended on 31-Jan-2013, and this content may no longer be current.
Longer term microelectronics research is now being sponsored by DARPA and industry participants in STARnet (FCRP Phase VI).
FCRP research focuses on carrying CMOS to its ultimate limits and beyond, keeping the United States and its industries at the forefront of technology.
Research Focus: U.S. Security & Innovation
Focus Center Research Program (FCRP) is the cornerstone of the U.S. semiconductor research strategy. FCRP research creates the breakthroughs that are critical to U. S. security and economic competitiveness goals, giving member companies a tremendous advantage in the race to lead the technological revolution.
Always long-term and big-picture, FCRP research programs offer mutual leverage to industry and government sponsors. FCRP is also the only university research program that gives the U.S. Department of Defense one-to-one leverage with significant payoff.
Founded in 1998, FCRP programs have since involved 41 universities, 333 faculty and 1215 doctoral graduate students. The Focus Centers themselves are not physical locations, but rather virtual, each consisting of multiple universities which engage the leading experts at the participating institutions. With an annual investment of about $7 million, each Center is managed by a full-time university Center Director and addresses one of the major technology focus areas of the International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors (ITRS).