Call for Research in Environment, Safety & Health


The Nanomanufacturing Sciences (NMS) area of SRC is soliciting white papers (due Thursday, April 14th at 3pm ET) in the area of Environment, Safety & Health for work to begin January 1, 2012, as part of an ESH Research Center based at the University of Arizona. 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 Environment, Safety & Health, developed by a task force of SRC and SEMATECH industry members, our outlined in a new Research Needs Document

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 14 - April 14, 2011, with a deadline of 3 PM EDT / 12 PM PDT on Thursday, April 14th. 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). Please scope proposed research funding levels at $50K - $150K per task.
  • Students: involvement and education of graduate students is a key SRC goal; typical funded proposals will support 1-2 full time students per task
  • Background Intellectual Property: the extent, if any, that the use of background intellectual property will be required in the coduct of the proposed research 

Contract 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

White Paper Submission Open Monday, March 14, 2011
Deadline to Submit White Papers Thursday, April 14, 2011, 3 PM EDT/ 12 PM PDT
Proposal Submission Open Thursday, June 2, 2011
Deadline to Submit Proposals Thursday, June 30, 2011, 3 PM EDT/ 12 PM PDT
Earliest Funding Start January 01, 2012

Please direct all technical questions to Daniel Herr (919-941-9431).
All other questions and responses should be directed to Ebony Waller.

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