Call for Research in IPS - Back End Processes, Packaging, and Interface

Overview

The Interconnect and Packaging Sciences (IPS) area of SRC is soliciting white papers (due Wednesday, May 4, 2011 at 3pm ET) in the areas of Back End Processes (BEP), Packaging (PKG), and Interface (INT) for contracts to be awarded as early as February 2012, 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, projected 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. A typical range of task funding has been in the $80-100k per year range for individual investigator-led projects.

Research Needs

Member needs in Back End Processes, Packaging, and Interface (overlapping Back End Processes and Packaging) thrust 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 (including references), using at least a 10-point font, and must be submitted via the SRC website between March 21 - May 4, 2011, with a deadline of 3 pm EDT / 12 pm PDT on Wednesday, May 4th. 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 industry liaisons

Timetable and Deadlines

EventDate
White Paper Submission Open Monday, March 21, 2011
Deadline to Submit White Papers Wednesday, May 4, 2011 - 3 PM EDT/12 PM PDT
Proposal Submission Open Friday, July 1, 2011
Deadline to Submit Proposals Wednesday, August 17, 2011 - 3 PM EDT/12 PM PDT
Earliest Funding Start Wednesday, February 1, 2012

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

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