Call for White Papers in Environment, Safety & Health


The Nanomanufacturing Sciences (NMS) area of SRC is soliciting white papers (due Monday June 16th at 3pm ET) in the area of Environment, Safety & Health for work to begin January 1, 2015, as part of the SRC Center for Environmentally Benign Semiconductor Manufacturing 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 are outlined in a new Research Needs Document (click here).  Key research areas of interest include:

  • Nanomaterial occupational safety & health
    • Address potential occupational issues for current and new nanomaterials , including toxicity threshold limits, PPE, methods for safe handling & monitoring, etc.   
  • Nanomaterial environmental controls & impacts
    • Determine ecotoxicity limits for nanoparticles/complex matrices in natural water systems, develop technologies for nanoparticle removal/abatement in fab waste streams, etc.
  • III-V EHS Enablement
    • Identify/characterize potential occupational and environmental hazards for III-V species, determine efficacy of existing treatment and abatement processes for III-V materials, develop new treatment and abatement methods, etc.
  • Energetic materials characterization, handling & safety
    • Techniques for rapid characterization of reactive materials/hazards, predictive methods/software tools which estimate chemical properties/hazards of reactive & energetic materials, “green chemistry” methodologies for more benign precursor materials, etc. 
  • Chemical information on emerging materials & processes
    • Develop high throughput screening techniques and predictive capability for physiochemical properties, toxicity, ecotoxicity and environmental behavior of materials of interest to the semiconductor industry, etc.  
  • Mini and meta-studies
    • Preliminary studies which produce new information or synthesize existing information on ESH-related issues for nanomaterials of interest to the semiconductor industry, with recommendations for follow-on research.

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 by 3pm ET on Monday June 16th.  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/Duration: a per-year approximation of overall funding requirements (university approval and official budgets are not required at this time). Projects may be of one to three years in duration; one year projects may be particularly appropriate for high-risk exploratory tasks or targeted analyses.  Please scope proposed research funding levels at $60K - $120K per year.
  • 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 pursuing 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

Event Deadline
White Paper Submission Open Friday, May 16, 2014
Deadline to Submit White Papers Monday, June 16, 2014, 3 PM EDT/ 12 PM PDT
Proposal Requests (RFPs) Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Deadline to Submit Proposals Tuesday, September 2, 2014, 3 PM EDT/ 12 PM PDT
Earliest Funding Start January 01, 2015

Please direct all technical questions to Robert Havemann, Director of Nanomanufacturing Sciences All other questions and responses should be directed to Jacqueline Hall, (, 919-941-9415).

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