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SEMI NBMC focuses on innovation challenges and opportunities during research and development (R&D) to increase the technology and manufacturing readiness levels (TRL/MRL) of nanotechnologies and bio-technologies.  

The SEMI NBMC program and committee encourages submission of novel technical approaches that carry significant risk as well as those that represent evolutionary improvements on existing technical capabilities, which tend to be less risky and involve shorter development and delivery times.

SEMI NBMC R&D projects are focused on the development and commercialization of innovative new equipment & process technology for relevant electronics, including: front-end and back-end manufacturing process steps; new materials and components; software, hardware and design analysis for factory automation and CIM operation. 

The technical program is funded with the assistance of the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL). Each year the AFRL provides funding to SEMI NBMC for allocation to the technical projects of highest interest that meet the military and consumer needs.

The 2023 NBMC RFP is Open for White Papers (due June 5, 2023) and Full Proposals (due August 18, 2023). You can Download the RFP Here

Join SEMI to get the next early release and have more time to prepare your project proposal, or register on the NBMC Interest list to receive direct notification of public release.

2021 Projects

Project Number - Project Topic - Lead Company & Total Program Investment - Keywords

NB18-21-36 - A Wireless, Flexible, Multi-sensor System to quantify Physio-Cognitive States - George Tech - $0.95 M - Development of an integrated, soft, wearable multi-sensor system for wireless, real-time, physio-cognitive monitoring and decision support.

NB18-21-35 - Wireless Interstitial Fluid Monitoring Devices - GE Research & State University of New York, Binghamton 

NB18-21-34 - Soft Bioelectronics for Wearable Physiological Monitoring  - Lifeware Labs - $1.0 M - Create wireless, multimodal sensing stickers for biomonitoring  with a flexible PCB and hydrogel and liquid metal for bioelectronic sensing.

NB19-21-33 - Self-Powered Wireless Soft Electronics with Multimodal Energy Harvesting - Arieca - $1.0 M - Development of a self-powered wireless sensing sticker for physiological monitoring of pulse, blood oxygenation and temperature.

NB18-21-32 - FlexPower - University of California, Los Angeles - $1.0M - Flexible power module for biomedical wearable devices, including a flexible thin-film Li-ion battery and flexible wireless charger.

NB18-21-31 - Wearable Mechanical Energy Harvesting Using Soft EDL Capacitors - North Carolina State University - $0.2M - A new approach to harvest mechanical energy from human motion using soft, stretchable, and biocompatible materials. 

NB18-21-30 - A Microneedle Sensor Patch for Continuous Interstitial Fluid Cortisol Measurement - Biolinq - $4.0 M - Demonstrate a field deployable continuous cortisol monitor (CCM) capable of relaying real time interstitial cortisol measurements to a paired display device & cloud data analytics suite

NB18-21-29 - Optimization of Ink-Printed, 2D-Materials for Selective, Wearable, Environmental Sensors - UES - $2.0 M - development of a low-profile handheld or wearable device that can identify and quantitate hazardous compounds. The device will incorporate flexible, ink-printable, semi-selective gas analyte sensors.

NB18-21-28 - Dual-Bio Capacitors:  Harvesting energy from sweat for biochemical monitoring of human activity and stress - University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill - $293 K - Develop a self-powered multimodal sensor platform that is sustained by bio electrochemical energy harvested from sweat via UNC's innovative "Dual-Bio Capacitor" system.

NB18-21-27 - SMARTWATCH - Aptima - $2.9 M - a sensor-based monitoring and assessment tool with remote telemetry and wearable for augmentation of tactical care and health

NB18-21-26 - Ambulatory ISF monitoring with zero-power porous microneedle patch - DermiSense - $404 K - DermiSense, NCSU and AFRL 711th are developing a low-power wearable cortisol monitoring systems using dermal interstitial fluid collection of microneedles for ambulatory monitoring

NB18-21-25 - Bolstering resilience, adaptability & intelligence with neurotechnology (BRAIN) - IST , LLC - $534 K - Design, engineer, manufacturer, test and deliver 20 functional peripheral nerve stimulation prototypes, on the way to enhancing human performance, mental health and combat effectiveness.

2020 Projects

NB18-20-24 – Biomolecular Structure and Integration for Sensors (BioSIS) – Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) - $2M - develop and validate an analytical pipeline for complete in operando characterization of candidate biosensors

NB18-20-23 - Wearable Wireless Multi-Parameter Vital Sign Monitoring Devices - GE Research and State University of New York, Binghamton- $4.2 M - a system-level solution for ambulatory patient monitoring; continuous wireless, vital sign monitor; continuous 24-hour operation; ruggedized for challenges of airborne concepts of operation during high vibration and various pressures

NB18-20-22 - Ambulatory Stress Monitoring by Integrated Wearable Sensors for Blood Pressure, Electrocardiogram and Heart Rate Variability - University of California, San Diego - $1.0 M - ambulatory stress monitoring with wearable sensing patch which comprehensively, simultaneously, and continuously monitors multiple vital signs for stress level monitoring of pilots

NB18-20-21 - Novel Class of No-Power Sweat Assays and Skin Interfaces with Osmotic Microfluidic Pumping and Fluid ManagementNorth Carolina State University - $.2 M -  a non-invasive, self-powered, long term operational wearable sweat sensing prototype, capable of withdrawing sweat and measure its associated biomarkers without active perspiration.

NB18-20-20 - Epifluidics for Stress Monitoring - State University of New York, Binghamton - $.4 M - A wearable, disposable, non-invasive, robust, personalized patch, biochemical analytic systems that evaluates stress biomarkers in sweat, in a flexible system; prototype development

NB18-20-19 - AI-Flex:  An Artificial Neural Network Integrated Flexible Multi-Modal Sensor Patch for Real-Time Continuous Physiological Monitoring and Inference - State University of New York, Buffalo $1 M - hardware-software codesign, rigid-to-flexible system integration; prototype development

2019 Projects

Project Number - Project Topic - Lead Company & Partners - Keywords

NB18-19-18 - Neuropeptide Sensing in Wearable, Human-Biochemistry Monitoring Technologies - University of Arizona - $.8 M - next generation hands-free seat collection devices; validation of neuropeptide detection in human eccrine sweat; all-printable electronic devices and computational simulations

NB 19-17 - Improved ECG Monitor with Capacitive Electrodes - State University of New York, Binghamton - system for improved recording, analysis and interpretation of human biopotentials in a range of operational environments; PCB level prototype ECG monitor

2017 Projects

Project Number - Project Topic - Lead Company & Partners - Keywords

NB 17-16 Microfluidics System Packaging - University of Arizona - reaction kinetics, sweat, microfluidics, organic semiconductor sensor

NB 17-15 A scalable flexible substrate and assembly process for high performance heterogeneous dielet integration with tight interconnect density (FlexTrate™) - University of California, Los Angeles, i3 Electronics - Fan-out wafer-level packaging, bio compatible, flexible interconnect

NB 17-14 Printed Microfluidic Performance Assessment for Sweat-Based Biomarker Sensor Platforms - University of Massachusetts, Amherst - microfluidics, biosensor, biofouling, electrowetting valves

NB 17-13 Touch and Emerging Display Reports - Touch Display Research - OLED, quantum dot, smart windows, active pen, industry reports

2016 Projects

Project Number - Project Topic - Lead Company & Partners - Keywords

NB 16-12 Wearable Device for Dynamic Assessment of Hydration - General Electric Global Research; University of Connecticut, University of Massachusetts Amherst, American Semiconductor Inc., University of Arizona, Dublin City University, UES - impedance, sweat sensor, ion-selective electrodes, microfluidics, hydration, electrolytes, human performance monitoring

NB 16-11 Wearable Dynamic Hydration Assessment System - UES, Inc.Dublin City University - clinical testing, sweat electrolyte

NB 16-10 Wearable Paper-based Microfluidic Biomarker Sensor Patch - University of Massachusetts, Amherst, General Electric Global Research - electrowetting valve, graphene ink sensor

2015 Projects

Project Number Project Topic - Lead Company & Partners - Keywords

NB 15-9 Enabling Manufacturing of Flexible Hybrid Systems - American Semiconductor, Inc. & Molex - wafer thinning, thin wafer handling, pick and place

NB 15-8 Computational Approaches to Predictive Device Modeling and Additive Manufacturing - Lockheed Martin - mechanical reliability, printed antenna, interface reliability

NB15-7 Sensor for Monitoring Human Biometric Parameters - Binghamton University, i3 Electronics, Inc., American Semiconductor, Inc., University of California, Berkeley - flexible antenna, ECG, electrodes, capacitive electrodes

NB 15-6 Biomarker Monitoring Device Manufacturing - Molex, LLC, American Semiconductor, Brewer Science, Northeastern University - wireless lactate sensor, FHE manufacturing

NB 15-5 Helmet Integrated Neuro Spinal Hydration Sensor - Visca, LLC, IQMRI, Wayne State's University - bio-impedance, RF transmitter, inertial sensing