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Computer-Aided Design and Test (CADT)
Call for Research


Semiconductor Research Corp. (SRC) Computer-Aided Design and Test (CADT) member companies are pleased to solicit white papers for possible funding in 2022.

This call, open to all domestic and foreign universities, may be addressed by an individual investigator or a research team. Our selection process is divided into two stages. Interested parties are requested to submit a 1-page white paper, which should identify what can be done in a three-year period beginning January 1, 2022. A successfully selected white paper will result in an invitation to submit a full proposal. These proposals will be further down-selected for SRC research contracts.

It is the intention of the members for selected projects to be reviewed and renewed annually, but we anticipate that a project will have a lifetime of 3 years to support the completion of a doctoral dissertation. SRC projects typically involve 1-2 graduate students. SRC expects to support each project up to $100K (USD) per year.

The number and size of the contracts awarded will be determined by the availability of funds, and by the number of high-quality proposals.

Each researcher may be involved in no more than two white papers as either a principal investigator or co-principal investigator.

Research Needs

Our research needs are outlined in the Computer-Aided Design and Test Research Program needs document. Researchers should carefully review this document.

2030 Broadening Participation Pledge

This aggressive agenda will help us drive meaningful change in advanced information and communication technologies that seem impossible today

Throughout the decade, as SRC defines, selects, and manages its research and education programs, we will look to grow our student base, establish a balanced mix of bachelor’s, master’s, and Ph.D.-level initiatives, and create a more diverse and inclusive community.

White Paper Guidelines

White Papers are limited to 1 page total, using a minimum of 10-point font size, and must be submitted via the OpenWater web application by Tuesday, June 22, 2021 no later than 11:59 PM EDT.  Submissions not in compliance with all guidelines will be excluded from consideration.

Please include the following identifying information in your White Paper:

  • Project title
  • Investigator(s) and university.  
  • Principal investigator’s contact information (telephone number, mailing address, and e-mail address).

Please address the following topics in your White Paper:

  • Targeted Need: Emphasize area and problem to be addressed; match most relevant topic addressed in the research needs document.
  • Approach: Present your strategy for addressing the problem. Describe important findings from your research to date. Describe how your proposed research would advance the state of the art and be useful to SRC member companies.
  • Objective and Results: What you plan to accomplish in a 3-year period. What are the anticipated outputs of a successful effort?
  • 2030 Broadening Participation Pledge: How your task will enhance diversity in one or more of the following ways.
    • Smart growth of SRC’s student population
    • Tie-ins to more BS and/or MS students and research/education initiatives
    • Increased diversity – getting more women, more under-represented minorites (URM) involved - globally
    • Getting more US students into graduate research while still advocating for the best students from across the world
  • Funding Request and participants: Plan for yearly budget should include overhead charges by your institution. Besides faculty, please also indicate the number of students supported and their degrees pursued. A detailed approved budget is not required at this time.
  • Funding Leverage: Leverage funding applicable to the proposed research.
  • Background IP: Identify any blocking pre-existing intellectual property on which new results will be based.

Contract Awardees will be expected to:

  • Assign a student to work on the project at the start of the contract.
  • Participated in annual project reviews (PIs and students).
  • Student participation in SRC's Graduate student conference (TECHCON).
  • Interact with industry liaisons every 4-8 weeks.
  • Fill out Key Performance Indicator (KPI) Scorecards yearly.
  • Submit reports for pre-defined deliverables in accordance with due dates set in proposal.
  • Submit publications resulting from sponsored research.
  • Submit drafts of publications (conferences, journals, etc.) to SRC at least 60 days prior to anticipated publication date.
  • File patents when applicable.

Timetable and Deadlines



Announcement of Call-for-White-Papers

Tuesay, June 1, 2021

Deadline to Submit White Papers

Tuesday, June 22, 2021 @ 11:59 PM EDT

Invitation to Submit Full Proposals

Monday, August 2, 2021

Deadline to Submit Full Proposals

Monday, August 23, 2021@ 11:59 PM EDT/

Winning Proposals Notified

Monday, October 11, 2021

New Programs Start

January 1, 2022

Please direct all technical questions to David Yeh, Research Program Director. 
All other questions and responses should be directed to LaTanya Holmes, Research Program Coordinator.