MEP Research Qualifications
Guidelines on qualification for MEP Research participants.
Participation Guidelines for Qualification
The MOSIS Research program offers an opportunity to researchers affiliated with a university to fabricate a design that otherwise would not be fabricated.
- Designs must be submitted by a student or faculty member of an accredited university
- The design makes use of an MEP supported technology and does not require the use of any non-standard options.
- The project cannot be sponsored by or receive funding from any private party or governmental agency.
- Designs are evaluated on their merit based on information provided in the research proposal package. Be sure to describe your project well enough so we can evaluate it fairly.
- When a project is approved an MEP Proposal ID is assigned. Layout must be submitted within 12 months.
- The professor must demonstrate competence in IC design, demonstrate ability to use the tools required, and have the time to oversee any student designers. MOSIS does not have the resources to teach IC design or how to use the tools necessary to build one.
- MOSIS will subsidize the fabrication of a design in a supported technology whose area does not exceed 4 square millimeters.
- The packaging costs -- parts, assembly, late charges, and bonding diagrams in excess of one -- are the responsibility of the university submitting the layout. MOSIS does not underwrite packaging expenses.
- Participants agree the fabrication of this free chip is on a "space available" basis which means that MOSIS can not guarantee fabrication on the schedule selected by the applicant.
- All participants in the MOSIS Educational Program are required to submit a report for each design submitted for fabrication.
What Can I Do if My Project Does Not Qualify for an MEP Grant or Subsidy?
The MEP Research program was never intended to support a blanket program of development in VLSI design spanning a number of years, as a supplement to university or departmental funds, or as an adjunct to project-specific grants from sources outside the university.
Not every proposal submitted receives an MEP grant for fabrication subsidy.
Educational institutions may create a commercial account and purchase from MOSIS IC in any of the offered technologies. Discount prices in the MEP-offered technologies are available for projects and academic institutions that do not qualify for MEP grants.