Call for Research in Patterning, Nanoengineered Materials and Metrology


GRC's Nanomanufacturing area is soliciting white papers in the Patterning, Emerging Research Materials, and Nanocharacterization/ Metrology areas for work to begin January 1, 2008 for an expected three-year period.

This call for research is issued to universities worldwide. Successful white paper authors will be invited to submit a full proposal, and a limited number of contracts will be awarded based on these proposals according to the schedule below.

GRC may elect to negotiate a project's research scope or composition to meet funding or distribution needs.

Research Needs

Member needs in Patterning, Emerging Research Materials, and Nanocharacterization/ Metrology, developed by a task force of SRC industry members, are outlined in a new research needs document.

White Paper Guidelines

Responses are limited to four pages, using at least a 10-point font, and MUST BE SUBMITTED VIA THE SRC WEB SITE by FRIDAY, MAY 18, 3 PM EDT/12 PM PDT. White papers not meeting these requirements will be discarded.

Please include the following identifying information in your white paper:

  • Project title
  • Needs category/sub-categories addressed by your submission
  • Investigator(s)
  • University
  • Telephone number and e-mail address

Please address the following topics in your white paper:

  • Context: emphasis area and problem to be addressed
  • Rationale: value in terms of semiconductor industry needs
  • Novelty: role of this research in advancing knowledge beyond the state-of-the-art
  • Approach: strategy for addressing the problem
  • Results: anticipated output of a successful effort
  • Engagement: how you now or will plan to interact with SRC member companies
  • Funding: a per-year approximation of overall funding requirements (university approval and official budgets are not required at this time)
  • Students: involvement and education of graduate students is a key SRC goal; typical funded proposals will support 1-2 full time students
  • The extent, if any, that this research requires the use of Background Intellectual Property

Awardees will be expected to:

  • Resolve any blocking Background Intellectual Property issues before award of contract
  • 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 Thursday, April 26, 2007
Deadline to Submit White Papers Friday, May 18, 2007 - 3 PM EDT/12 PM PDT
Proposals Requested Monday, June 25, 2007
Deadline to Submit Proposals Monday, July 23, 2007 - 3 PM EDT/12 PM PDT
Funding Decisions Announced Monday, November 12, 2007
Program/Funding Start Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Please direct all technical questions to Daniel Herr (919) 941-9400.
All other questions and responses should be directed to

4819 Emperor Blvd, Suite 300 Durham, NC 27703 Voice: (919) 941-9400 Fax: (919) 941-9450