I think there is an intention to provide some funding for the Mark Basile effort for lab costs by AE911 when they have it.So why is Mark Basile connecting his chip research proposal to them? Promising to give leftover funds to them? If the money can go in that direction, why not the other direction?
And why is there all this stuff about nanothermite on their site?
Nanothermite has been claimed to have been found in the WTC dust by a number of volunteer researchers since 2009 who had access to university labs free of charge. Mark's effort is to provide an independent study to confirm or refute the original study, and it does not have the luxury of the use of university labs, so there is funding needed for that.
The much bigger question here is why hasn't the U.S. government done or funded a study to confirm or refute the original study and the contention that they don't take it seriously because the paper on it was published in a Bentham journal is very weak and actually embarassing.