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India Research Program (IRP)
Call for Research


Semiconductor Research Corp. (SRC) India Research Program (IRP) 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 November 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.

These projects will address existing and emerging challenges in information and communication technologies (ICT) and associated technologies, as outlined in the 2030 Decadal Plan for Semiconductors, and accelerating innovation in application

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 $14K (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 India Research Program needs document. Researchers should carefully review this document.

2030 Broadening Participation Pledge

As we unleash the next wave of semiconductor innovation and solve the enormous challenges facing out industry, driven by the aggressive agenda from 2030 Decal Plan for Semiconductor, we must be equally committed to these important elements of that success – the people and communities we create and nourish.  Hence, 2030 Broadening  Participation Pledge is issued below.

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.

SRC’s Commitment to Sustainability

With the expected growth of semiconductor chip manufacturing in the coming years, it is imperative that the chemicals, materials, and processes involved in their manufacturing are as sustainable as possible. Therefore, research must take into consideration the environmental and human health impacts of new chemistries and focus on the development of more must be environmentally preferable materials and processes chemistries that are more efficient, more effective, and safer. In general, chemicals that are known to be persistent, bio-accumulative, or toxic will benefit from more environmentally benign substitutions. Two specific examples include, high global warning potential (GWP) gases used for etching and chamber clean and a diverse class of per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances known collectively as PFAS.

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 Monday, June 20, 2022, 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. Projects can cover multiple research needs.  Please identify each code covered in the white paper.

§ 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?

§ Broadening Participation: 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 minorities (URM) involved - globally

§  Getting more US students into graduate research while still advocating for the best students from across the world

§  Support new researchers and young faculty.

§ 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: Illustrate any leveraged funding which supports the goals and objectives of the proposed research. Additional collaborative funds identified for the project help expand the scope of the proposed research.

§ Background IP: Identify any background intellectual property that either blocks the exercise of license rights or would be infringed by implementation of any of the expected results of this proposed research.

Contract Awardees will be expected to:

§ Assign student(s) to work on the project at the start of the contract and encourage them to join the SRC Research Scholar program.

§ Participation in SRC’s annual student conference, TECHCON, is highly encouraged.

§ Facilitate student interactions and hiring by Industry participants.

§ Host regular calls with industry liaisons at least every 4-8 weeks.

§ In-person participation in annual project reviews (PI(s) and student(s) are invited).

§ Fill out Key Performance Indicator (KPI) Scorecards yearly associated with annual review.

§ Submit reports for pre-defined deliverables in accordance with due dates set in proposal.

§ Submit publications, posters, thesis, etc. resulting from sponsored research.

§ Submit pre-publication drafts (conferences, journals, etc.) to SRC at least 60 days prior to anticipated publication date.

§ File patents in promising areas of research with disclosures sent to SRC.

§ Manage the budget with timely spending and regular invoicing to SRC.

§ Send noteworthy events and announcements about you and your team to SRC.

§ If open-source software is to be developed, SRC encourages the use of MIT licensing terms when made available https://opensource.org/licenses/MIT.

Timetable and Deadlines



Announcement of Call-for-White-Papers

Monday, April 4, 2022

Deadline to Submit White Papers

Monday, June 20, 2022, 11:59 PM EDT

Invitation to Submit Full Proposals

Monday, August 1, 2022

Deadline to Submit Full Proposals

Tuesday, August 23, 2022, 11:59 PM EDT

Winning Proposals Notified

Tuesday, October 25, 2022

New Programs Start

November 1, 2022

 Evaluation Criteria

Evaluation of white papers and later proposals will be accomplished through a technical review of each white paper and proposal using the following criteria, which are listed in descending order of relative importance: 

1.       Overall scientific and technical merit

2.       Ingenuity, novelty, and impact of the proposed research

3.       Broadening Participation

4.       Support of SRC’s Commitment to Sustainability

5.       Capabilities of proposed investigators, Cost-effectiveness, realism

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