Call for Research in Hardware Security (HWS)


Semiconductor Research Corp. (SRC) Global Research Collaboration (GRC) is soliciting white papers in the Hardware Security research program. The principal goal of this discovery-driven program is to advance fundamental knowledge and innovations in these devices.

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 one page white paper. The white paper should clearly identify what can be done in the proposed period of two or three years. 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 amount of available funds and the number of high-quality proposals. The anticipated funding level per task is expected to be under $100K per year, which includes the overhead expenses charged by the institution. The funding level requested will be a factor in the selection process. Proposals offering funding leverage are strongly encouraged and should be indicated. (Leverage is other funding resources related and beneficial to the proposed work, further explained below.)

Each researcher may be involved in at most two white papers.

Research Needs

Our research needs are outlined in the Hardware Security research needs document. Researchers should carefully review this 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 April 30, 2020 @ 3:00 PM ET/12:00 PM PT. 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 contacts (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 proposed 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.
  • 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.
  • Participation in annual project reviews (PIs and students).
  • Participation in SRC's Graduate student conference (TECHCON).
  • Interact with industry liaisons.
  • Submit reports for pre-defined deliverables in proposal.
  • Submit publications resulting from sponsored research.
  • File patents when applicable.
  • Participate in Hardware Security activities, which highlight the importance, need and progress of research in the logic and memory space.

Timetable and Deadlines



Announcement of Call-for-White-Papers

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Deadline to Submit White Papers

Thursday, April 30, 2020, 3:00 PM EDT / 12:00 PM PDT

Invitation to Submit Full Proposals

Monday, June 1, 2020

Deadline to Submit Full Proposals

Tuesday, July 7, 2020, 3PM EDT / 12PM PDT

Winning Proposals Notified

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

New Programs Start

October 1, 2020

Please direct all technical questions to John Oakley, Research Program Director, (919)941-9454. All other questions and responses should be directed to Mary Rehbein,(919)941-9448.

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