Call for Research in Back End Processes


The Interconnect and Packaging Sciences (IPS) area of SRC is soliciting white papers (due August 16th, 2010 at 3pm ET) in the area of Back End Processes (BEP), for contracts to be awarded as early as February 2011, for an expected three-year period. 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 full proposals, 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 Back End Processes, and overlapping Packaging/BEP areas, developed by a task force of SRC industry members, are outlined in the following research needs documents:

White Paper Guidelines

Responses are limited to two pages, using at least a 10-point font, and must be submitted via the SRC website between August 2 - 16, 2010.  The web page for submissions will be available starting at 9 am EDT / 6 am PDT on August 2, and ending at 3 pm EDT / 12 pm PDT on Monday, August 16.  No email submissions will be accepted. White papers not meeting these requirements will not be considered.

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:

  • Disclose blocking background intellectual property (any issues regarding blocking IP must be resolved 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
  • Interact with liaisons

Timetable and Deadlines

Event Date
Request for White Papers Thursday, July 8, 2010
Deadline to Submit White Papers  Monday, August 2 (Opens 9 AM EDT/6 AM PDT) - Monday, August 16, 2010 - 3 PM EDT/12 PM PDT
Proposals Requested Monday, September 13, 2010
Deadline to Submit Proposals  Wednesday, September 29 - Monday, October 4, 2010 - 3 PM EDT/12 PM PDT
Earliest Funding Start February 1, 2011

Please direct all technical questions to Jon Candelaria (919) 941-9482.
All other questions and responses should be directed to Ebony Waller

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

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