SRC/NSF FORCe II Call for Proposals

The Semiconductor Factory and Supply Chain Operations Call for Proposals (FORCe II) is a continuation of a collaborative research program, begun in 1997 between the Division of Design, Manufacture, and Industrial Innovation of the National Science Foundation (NSF), International SEMATECH (ISMT), and the Factory Sciences Program of the Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC). The purpose of the solicitation is to jointly support research activities directed at the development of innovative new operational methods that will enable factory performance to keep pace with ongoing technical advances in equipment and processes, increases in wafer sizes, and the increasing complexity of semiconductor supply chain. The major theme of this initiative is the development of modeling, analysis, and optimization techniques based on fundamental principles leading to models that allow for effective control of semiconductor manufacturing operations and supply chain.

For complete details of this solicitation, and a summary of program requirements, please refer to the NSF web site, at http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2004/nsf04532/nsf04532.htm Please also refer to the research needs document regarding this program.

Instructions for submitting a proposal from U.S. academic institutions

U.S. academic institutions must submit proposals directly to NSF. Proposals may be submitted by U.S. academic institutions in support of individual investigators or small groups. Synergistic partnerships with industries are encouraged when appropriate; however, NSF awards will be made only to U.S. academic institutions. U.S. academic institutions interested in submitting a proposal should use the following link, to be forwarded to the Semiconductor Factory and Supply Chain Operations NSF/SRC/SEMATECH Partnership Program, Solicitation NSF 04-532. Instructions for U.S. academic institutions on how to submit a proposal are provided on the NSF web page. http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2004/nsf04532/nsf04532.htm Full Proposal Deadline Date (due by 5 p.m. proposer's local time): March 19, 2004. Only one proposal may be submitted by a Principal Investigator, and he/she may only collaborate on one other proposal as a co-Principal investigator.

Instructions for submitting a proposal from International academic institutions

International academic institutions must submit proposals directly to SRC. Please complete the six required forms and Email completed proposals as a .pdf document to Lisa Green at SRC. (Lisa.Green@src.org) Full Proposal Deadline Date (due by 5 p.m. proposer's local time): March 19, 2004. Only one proposal may be submitted by a Principal Investigator, and he/she may only collaborate on one other proposal as a co-Principal investigator.

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