Call for White Papers in:
Environmental, Safety and Health (ESH) Research


SRC's Nanomanufacturing Sciences area is soliciting white papers in Environmental, Safety and Health (ESH) research.

This call for white papers, issued to current investigators at the NSF/SRC ERC for Environmentally Benign Semiconductor Manufacturing, and other investigators, may be addressed by an individual investigator or by a research team. A successful white paper submission is expected to result in an invitation to submit a full proposal, in a competitive procurement, leading to a number of three-year ESH research contracts which will be managed in a center environment similar to the existing center. The number and size of the contracts awarded will be determined by the amount of available funds and by the number of high quality proposals received.

Research Needs

Research needs are outlined in the document highlighted below and generally fall into the following areas:

  • New Materials and Associated Processes
  • Process Improvement: Techniques to Replace, Optimization/Reduce, Recycle/Reuse, or Abate
  • New Technology for Detection, Hazard Assessment, and TOX Screening
  • Energy Conservation
  • ESH Issues in Packaging
  • ESH for Nanotechnology

ESH Research Needs Document

White Paper Guidelines

Responses are to be submitted as a single PDF or MS-Word file document generated with 10 point or larger fonts and must be submitted via the SRC Web site using the "Submit a White Paper" button found on this page. Limit document size to two pages sized to the U.S. standard (8.5 by 11 inches). Non-compliance with these guidelines may exclude your white paper from consideration.

Please include the following identifying information in your white paper:

  • Project title
  • Investigators
  • University
  • Principal Author telephone number, mailing address, and e-mail address

Please address the following topics in your white paper:

  • Background/Context: emphasis area and problem to be addressed; describe why research is being done
  • Objective: what you plan to accomplish in a 3-year program
  • Rationale: value in terms of semiconductor industry needs for concurrent design for ESH and process technology development
  • Novelty: role of this research in advancing knowledge and state-of-the-art
  • Approach: strategy for addressing the problem; describe important findings from your research to date
  • Results: anticipated output of a successful effort
  • Students: your plan for involvement and education of graduate students (a key SRC goal)
  • Funding Request Amount: a rough per-year approximation of overall funding requirements (university approval and official budgets are not required at this time).
  • IP: identify any preexisting intellectual property
  • ESH benefits envisioned

Awardees will be expected to:

  • Disclose blocking background intellectual property
  • Update information about participating students
  • Submit publications resulting from sponsored research
  • Participate in annual research reviews
  • Provide annual reports and pre-defined deliverables

Timetable and Deadlines

Event Deadline
Request for White Papers Issued July 5, 2005
Deadline to Submit White Papers August 26, 2005
Request for Proposals Issued October 24, 2005
Deadline to Submit Proposals December 8, 2005
Proposals Considered for Funding Notified February 1, 2006
Program/Funding Start April 1, 2006

Please direct all technical questions to Dr. Tim Wooldridge, (
All other questions and responses should be directed to Theresa Cleary, (

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