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Funding Opportunities at SRC



About Funding Opportunities

As a mission-driven research consortium, GRC funds research to address a member-defined research agenda. GRC addresses the broader agenda of the industry through core research, and the specific research agenda of individual members through custom research. While selections of core research projects are made by member community representatives familiar with the technical area in focus, selection of custom research projects are made by individual, eligible member companies. Custom research currently comprises about one-fifth of the overall research budget.

GRC may issue a call for white papers; promising projects result in requests for proposal. The typical result of a successful research proposal is a multi-year research contract with an initial 12-month funding term. At the end of the research contract period, researchers may re-compete for new support. Alternatively, GRC may issue a call for grant applications; in this case, successful submissions are funded as grants.


GRC White Papers

A white paper represents the initial step in a process that could result in the awarding of a research contract. Selected white papers will be followed by requests for proposal. Calls for white papers are made by each Thrust Area as research needs are identified and as funds are available.

The response to the call should briefly address context, rationale, novelty, approach, anticipated results, engagement with industry, student participation, and funding requirements. See the call document for an explanation of these terms and for specific submission instructions.

Selection decisions are made by a review committee comprised of member company advisors and the technical staff.


GRC Research Proposals

Proposals must be submitted online upon receipt of an SRC Request for Proposal. Refer to the Proposal Submission Guide​. Following the selection of a white paper by the review committee, a Request for Proposal is e-mailed to the researcher with the deadline for submission, a link to online proposal submission, and any proposal-specific instructions. Research proposals provide sufficient information to permit an evaluation of the intended research—its technical merits, innovative approach, and relevance to the GRC research agenda. Research proposals, in turn, are evaluated by a review committee comprised of member company advisors and GRC technical staff. Selected research proposals are awarded research contracts.

While authors of research proposals may presume that reviewers possess general technical knowledge in the relevant field, they should not assume that the merits of the proposed research are obvious (without explanation). Additionally, the capability of the institution to adequately support the proposed research, and the technical expertise of the researchers to conduct the research, should be justified.


Sponsored Research Agreement

The Sponsored Research Agreement (SRA) provides framework for both implementing specific research plans and enhancing the communication of research results. It documents and conveys the needs and expectations of SRC Members and Participants while ensuring protection of Intellectual Property (IP) rights.


Intellectual Property

SRC desires to protect IP rights vesting in you and your University emanating from sponsored research. In return for sponsoring the research, SRC receives certain IP rights. The primary goal of SRC’s IP policy is to provide Members and Participants freedom to practice the results of sponsored research. SRC's Thrust Directors and industry representatives assist researchers in the identification of inventions that may be formally protected.

The SRA provides for IP license rights, which are sublicensed to Members and Participants. The license grant is worldwide, non-exclusive, non-transferrable, royalty free and includes the right to make, have made, use, or sell inventions, and to prepare software derivative works. In addition, SRC retains an option to negotiate an exclusive license. The University retains ownership of the IP and is free to license the IP to companies that are not SRC Members or Participants, subject to SRC’s option for an exclusive license.

This license includes all IP that can be protected by patent, copyright, or other form of protection, including inventions, works of authorship, and mask works.


Background Intellectual Property

For many researchers, the definition of Background Intellectual Property (BIP) may include publications, papers, software, or patents that were developed by that researcher. For SRC, the term is something slightly different. For SRC, BIP means, patents, patent applications, and computer software of any party not generated in the course of the research services performed under the SRA (or any other SRC SRA) but for which a license to such BIP is necessary for SRC’s Members and Participants to have the freedom to practice the research results. If BIP exists, before the start of the SRA, SRC must either obtain a limited-scope license (only to the extent necessary to practice the research results) to the BIP or re-scope of the project to avoid the BIP. SRC is precluded from sponsoring research in situations where Members and Participants’ freedom to practice the research results is restricted or blocked by BIP.

SRC’s goal is to identify BIP early enough so as to resolve any issues without delaying the execution of the SRA. When BIP is not reported until after the University receives the SRA, the additional time needed to resolve the BIP can significantly delay the start of the project, in some cases by up to several months.

If you are unfamiliar with the BIP language incorporated into the SRA, please contact the University's Office of Sponsored Programs or SRC Contracts.


The GRC Research Customization Program

While most GRC research projects are chosen through input from SRC Members collectively, an alternate mechanism is the Research Customization Program (RCP), which allows Members to select some research projects independently. All other aspects of an RCP project remain consistent with SRC policies and guidelines.


GRC Gift Applications

GRC often provides funding as unrestricted, non-overhead bearing gifts. GRC encourages recipients to use the funds to further their research, equip labs, or provide unrestricted student support. Calls for gift applications are made by each Thrust Area as research needs are identified and as funds are available. Gift application submissions should address context, rationale, novelty, approach, and anticipated results. See the call document for an explanation of these terms and for specific submission instructions. GRC funding decisions are made by a review committee comprised of member company advisors and the technical staff.​

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