Call for Research in Trustworthy and Secure Semiconductors and Systems (T3S)


Semiconductor Research Corp. (SRC) Global Research Collaboration (GRC) is soliciting white papers in the area of Trustworthy and Secure Semiconductors and Systems. Only a very limited number of white papers will receive eventual funding.

This call, issued to universities worldwide, may be addressed by an individual investigator or a research team. Our selection process is divided into two stages. Interested parties are requested to submit a 1-page white paper, which should identify what can be done in a three-year period beginning October 1, 2019. A successfully selected white paper will result in an invitation to submit a full proposal. These proposals will be further down-selected for research contracts.

The number and size of the contracts awarded will be determined by the availability of funds, and by the number of high-quality proposals. Contracts awarded normally support 1-2 graduate students. The funding level requested will be a factor in the selection process. Proposals offering funding leverage (other funding resources related and beneficial to the proposed work) are encouraged and details should be described (ex. Fellowships, student support, fabrication support, etc.).

Each researcher may be involved in no more than two white papers.

Research Needs

Our research needs are outlined in the Trustworthy and Secure Semiconductors and Systems Research Needs Document which mainly emphasizes on designs, analysis strategies, processes and tools for secure, trustworthy, reliable and privacy preserving chips, systems, computing and communications. Researchers should carefully review the document.

White Paper Guidelines

White Papers are limited to 1 page total, using a minimum of 10-point font size, and must be submitted via the SRC web-site by May 2, 2019 no later than 3PM EDT/ 12PM PDT. Submissions not in compliance with all guidelines will be excluded from consideration.

Please include the following identifying information in your White Paper: 

  • Project title
  • Investigator(s) and university
  • Principal investigator’s contact information (telephone number, mailing address, and e-mail address)

Please address the following topics in your White Paper:

  • Targeted Need: Emphasize area and problem to be addressed; match most relevant topic addressed in the research needs document,
  • Approach: Present your strategy for addressing the problem. Describe important findings from your research to date. Describe how your research would advance the state-of-the-art and be useful to SRC member companies.
  • Objective and Results: What you plan to accomplish in a 3-year period. What are the anticipated outputs of a successful effort?
  • Funding Request and participants: Plan for yearly budget should include overhead charges by your institution. Besides faculty, please also indicate the number of students supported and their degrees pursued. A detailed approved budget is not required at this time.
  • Funding Leverage: Leverage funding applicable to the proposed research. Leverage includes other funding resources, subsidy, waived expenses and salaries, etc.
  • Background IP: Identify any blocking pre-existing intellectual property on which new results will be based.

Contract Awardees will be expected to:

  • Assign a student to work on the project at the start of the contract
  • Participate in annual project reviews (PIs and students).
  • Participate in SRC's student conference, TECHCON (students).
  • Interact with industry liaisons.
  • Submit reports for pre-defined deliverables in proposal.
  • Submit publications resulting from sponsored research.
  • Submit drafts of publications before publication.
  • File patents when applicable.

Timetable and Deadlines



Announcement of Call-for-White-Papers

Monday, April 1, 2019

Deadline to Submit White Papers

Thursday, May 2, 2019, 3 PM EST EDT / 12 PM PDT

Invitation to Submit Full Proposals

Monday, June 3, 2019

Deadline to Submit Full Proposals

Monday, July 15, 2019, 3 PM EST EDT / 12 PM PDT

Winning Proposals Notified

Friday, August 16, 2019

New Programs Start

October 1, 2019

Please direct all technical questions to John Oakley, Program Director, (919)941-9482
All other questions and responses should be directed to Mary Rehbein, (919)941-9448.

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