Call for Research in System-Level/High-Level Tools and Logic/Physical Design Tools


The Computer-Aided Design and Test Science area is soliciting white papers (due January 3, 2008) in two distinct areas - 1) system-level/high-level tools, and 2) logic/physical design tools - for work to begin in July 2008 for an expected three-year period. Funds will be allocated to each of these areas. This new area of system-level/high-level tools is in response to member needs at the higher level and may include work in system-level verification and test. (Note that a separate additional solicitation in verification will be announced in January.)

This call for research, issued to universities worldwide, may be addressed by individual investigators or by research teams. 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. This process will be completed in two stages and only selected white papers will be advanced to the full proposal stage. We will pursue proposals based on quality, perceived member value and available funds. SRC GRC may also elect to negotiate a project's research scope or a team's composition to meet funding or synergy goals.

Research Needs

Member needs in system-level/high-level tools and logic/physical design tools, developed by a task force of SRC GRC industry members are outlined in a needs document which should be consulted and referred to in your white paper.

White Paper Guidelines

Responses are limited to a single page, using at least a 10-point font, and must be submitted via the SRC GRC Web site by Thursday, JANUARY 3, 2008, 3 PM EST/12 PM PST. White papers not meeting these requirements will not be considered.

Please include the following identifying information in your white paper:

  • Project title
  • Needs category/categories (e.g. L2.1, H3.2).
  • Investigators
  • University
  • Telephone number and e-mail address

Please address the following topics in your white paper:

(Note that the inclusion of general background on the semiconductor industry challenges and general references to Moore's Law may not be the best use of your space).

  • Context: emphasis area and problem to be addressed
  • Rationale: value in terms of semiconductor industry needs
  • Novelty: role of this research in advancing knowledge and 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 GRC member companies
  • Funding: a per-year approximation of overall budget requirements for each of the three years (university approval and official budgets are not required at this time)
  • Students: involvement and education of graduate students is a key SRC GRC goal

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

Request for White Papers Thursday, November 29, 2007
Deadline to Submit White Papers Thursday, January 3, 2008 (3:00 p.m. Eastern)
Proposals Requested Friday, February 15, 2008
Deadline to Submit Proposals Thursday, March 13, 2008 (3:00 p.m. Eastern)
Program/Funding Start Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Please direct all technical questions to Dale Edwards (
All other questions and responses should be directed to Mary Nichols (



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