Research Funding Opportunities

New $150M+ Research Program to Enable Technology for 2025 and Beyond

Next Steps

  1. The call for white papers is now closed. We appreciate all of your interest and effort. Good luck!
  2. We have now entered a confidential phase in our review/selection process up until center selection on August 21, 2017. We ask that all JUMP communications between sponsors and any proposing professors be funneled through SRC.
  3. Review the research announcement and frequently asked questions.
  4. Review the materials from the Proposers Workshop.

The new JUMP Research Announcement is a request to the US academic community for proposals to help define the future of the microelectronics industry. We are nearing a crossroads in the technology roadmap that is bounded only by limits of physics and imagination.

Innovative ideas and fresh thought will be the catalyst to enable the technology roadmap for 2025 and beyond. There is no requirement to be from a participating SRC research university or to have been a previously sponsored SRC researcher. In fact, a key goal of this research announcement is to merge the ideas from established innovators within the existing university networks of SRC and the defense community with those from new, rising institutions or researchers.

The forthcoming program will be called the Joint University Microelectronics Program, or JUMP, which will support long-term research focused on high performance, energy efficient microelectronics for end-to-end sensing and actuation, signal and information processing, communication, computing, and storage solutions that are cost-effective and secure. The highly-skilled students working on these research initiatives will ultimately become the workforce of tomorrow that will implement these technologies into commercial solutions.

Research will continue for five years and commence in January 2018, with funding support coming from industry and government partners. Total JUMP funding for the five-year period will be in excess of $150M, including funds committed by DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency,, IBM Corporation, Northrop Grumman Corporation, Micron Technology, Inc., Intel Corporation, EMD Performance Materials (a Merck KGaA affiliate), Analog Devices Inc., Raytheon Company, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Ltd., and Lockheed Martin Corporation.  Additional sponsors are anticipated.

Current planning supports six research themes across six JUMP centers and utilizes vertical and horizontal centers to capture the intersections of ideas. The focus research area of the individual centers and the overall organization is shown in the JUMP Research Structure graphic.

The vertical research centers emphasize application-oriented goals that focus on key issues facing the industry by addressing the full span of multi-disciplined science and engineering required to achieve breakthrough technologies and products. Proposers for each vertical center are expected to define a grand challenge in the research space that will be achieved by the center before the end of the JUMP program. Horizontal research centers will drive foundational developments in a specific discipline, or set of like-minded disciplines, will build expertise in and around key disciplinary building blocks, and create disruptive breakthroughs in areas of interest to JUMP sponsors. Proposers from the horizontal centers are expected to define a set of key metrics that their center will use to benchmark and drive efforts in the defined research space.

Want to know more about how to participate as a sponsor? Click here: JUMP Sponsor Information