NRI Research Proposal Archive

Submissions for the following Requests for Proposal closed on the date indicated.

November 13, 2012

The Nano Electronics Research Corporation (NERC) is soliciting proposals from U. S. universities qualified to do research in areas of interest to the Nanoelectronics Research Initiative (NRI). NERC, a not-for-profit research management organization, makes this solicitation on behalf of NRI's collaboration with the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST). NERC is a wholly owned but separately managed subsidiary of the Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC). SRC is a research management consortium that was established in 1982 and sponsors semiconductor research for its members. As the ultimate limits to the scaling of CMOS (Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor) technology are getting closer, new approaches in emerging areas in electronics at the nanoscale need to be explored. The NRI mission is to discover and demonstrate novel computing devices capable of replacing the CMOS FET as a logic switch in the 2020 timeframe. By pursuing this mission, NRI and NIST want to focus research attention and resources on topics that will extend the “emerging technologies” of the International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors (ITRS), and to encourage the exploration of novel technology opportunities in order to help sustain the historical growth of the electronics industry. Read more

January 11, 2012

A Joint Activity between NSF and NRI. The National Science Foundation (NSF), through its Directorates for Engineering, Mathematical and Physical Sciences, and Computer & Information Science & Engineering, together with the semiconductor industry’s Nanoelectronics Research Initiative (NRI) plan to jointly support innovative research and education activities on the topic of Nanoelectronics for 2020 and Beyond (NEB). These activities will be supported as interdisciplinary research team awards.

The goal of this solicitation is to advance the forefront of computation, information processing, sensor technologies, and communications infrastructure beyond the physical and conceptual limitations of current technologies. Continuing evolution of electronics beyond the scaling limits of Moore’s Law will require broad thinking across multiple disciplines. The program is intended to support proposals by interdisciplinary teams of investigators committed to exploring innovative research concepts in nanoelectronics involving fundamental challenges from novel materials, chemistry, and logic devices, to circuit designs and systems architectures, algorithms, and perhaps entirely new paradigms of computation, sensing, and processing of information. Proposals may also address additional challenges arising from increasing functionality through heterogeneous integration of novel devices and technologies. Proposals should discuss effective ways in which education of the workforce and broadening participation are integrated within the proposed research activities. Read more.

October 16, 2010

The Nano Electronics Research Corporation (NERC) is soliciting proposals from U. S. universities qualified to do research in areas of interest to the Nanoelectronics Research Initiative (NRI). NERC, a not-for-profit research management organization, makes this solicitation on behalf of NRI's collaboration with the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST). NERC is a wholly owned but separately managed subsidiary of the Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC). SRC is a research management consortium that was established in 1982 and sponsors semiconductor research for its members. As the ultimate limits to the scaling of CMOS (Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor) technology are getting closer, new approaches in emerging areas in electronics at the nanoscale need to be explored. The NRI mission is to discover and demonstrate novel computing devices capable of replacing the CMOS FET as a logic switch in the 2020 timeframe. By pursuing this mission, NRI and NIST want to focus research attention and resources on topics that will extend the “emerging technologies” of the International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors (ITRS), and to encourage the exploration of novel technology opportunities in order to help sustain the historical growth of the electronics industry. Read more

May 10, 2010

Since 2005, the National Science Foundation (NSF) has undertaken a cooperative effort with the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) through the industry’s Nanoelectronics Research Initiative (NRI) to provide supplemental funding opportunities to NSF centers involved in long-term nanoelectronics research. The supplemental funding supports additional graduate students and postdoctoral fellows to work in collaborative efforts with participating NRI company assignees on exploring new concepts beyond the scaling limits of CMOS (Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor) technology. Such efforts are intended to enhance nanoelectronics research and education, strengthen industry linkages with NSF centers, and develop future cadres of industry and faculty researchers to help drive the field. NSF-NRI Graduate Student and Postdoctoral Fellow Supplements to NSF Centers in Nanoelectronics (NSF 10-031).  Read more

February 20, 2009

The NSF and NRI are again offering NSF-NRI Graduate Student and Postdoctoral Fellow Supplements to NSF Centers in Nanoelectronics. Details and instructions for submission can be found on the NSF website. Read more

November 30, 2007

The Nano Electronics Research Corporation (NERC) is soliciting proposals from U. S. institutions qualified to do research in areas of interest to the Nanoelectronics Research Initiative (NRI). NERC, a not-for-profit research management organization, makes this solicitation on behalf of NRI’s collaboration with the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST). NERC is a wholly owned but separately managed subsidiary of the Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC). SRC is a research management consortium that was established in 1982 and sponsors semiconductor research for its members. As the ultimate limits to the scaling of CMOS (Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor) technology are getting closer, new approaches in emerging areas in electronics at the nanoscale need to be explored. The NRI mission is to discover and demonstrate novel computing devices capable of replacing the CMOS FET as a logic switch in the 2020 timeframe. By pursuing this mission, NRI and NIST want to focus research attention and resources on topics that will extend the “emerging technologies” of the International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors (ITRS), and to encourage the exploration of novel technology opportunities in order to help sustain the historical growth of the electronics industry. Read more

November 17, 2006

NSF-SIA/NRI Graduate Student and Postdoctoral Fellow Supplements to NSF Centers in Nanoelectronics. Review last year's funding announcement for more information. Read more

September 30, 2005

The United States government launched the National Nanotechnology Initiative in 2000, and this research has already produced valuable results in nanoelectronics among many other fields. An agreement has been reached between the National Science Foundation (NSF) and NERC whereby they will jointly fund, at the rate of $1 million each, a national university-based research program focused on long-term nanoelectronics exploration. Read more.

October 1, 2005

The Nanoelectronics Research Initiative (NRI) is seeking to encourage research on topics with the potential for maintaining the historical scaling of both computational power and the cost of information processing, such as beyond CMOS switches based on computational state variables other than electronic charge, or employing non-equilibrium systems, or novel energy transfer mechanisms. Collateral technology critical to beyond CMOS computational technology such as interconnects, memories, nanoscale characterization, thermal management and directed self assembly are also of interest. Nanoelectronics Research Corporation (NERC) solicited proposals from U.S. institutions qualified to do research in areas of interest to the Nanoelectronics Research Initiative. Read more.

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