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1999 - 2000

In 1986, the International Society for Hybrid Microelectronics (ISHM), now known as International Microelectronics and Packaging Society (IMAPS), formed the IMAPS Educational Foundation (formerly known as the ISHM Educational Foundation). The Foundation is dedicated to the long-term goal of promoting development in microelectronics technology, encouraging leadership in the microelectronics industry and promoting emerging advanced technologies.

Although all pertinent fields of microelectronics technology will be considered for Foundation support, preference will be given to materials and manufacturing processes most closely aligned with hybrid microelectronics, packaging technologies, and multichip modules. This includes research in ceramic and polymer materials, packaging techniques, interconnection techniques, thick film - thin film material technologies, general improvements in computer assisted manufacturing technologies, productivity enhancements through improved equipment and manufacturing training.

Furthermore, the project should demonstrate potential for transfer to and utilization by industry. The Foundation encourages new improved measurement and materials methods that are transferable to industry in both long and short-term applications. Above all, research should encourage the pursuit of a career in microelectronics by developing the studentís technical and professional background and knowledge.

Research will be published upon completion, therefore it will be necessary for the work to be completed in a publishable manner. Students are further strongly encouraged to consider presenting their research progress/results through IMAPS technical meetings and publications.


The Foundation proposals must be authored by U.S. citizens or permanent residents pursuing advanced degrees (Master's, PhD) in engineering, materials sciences, and related technical disciplines impacting microelectronics technology. Applicants must be affiliated with an accredited college or university which supports the student's efforts through provision of a faculty advisor and/or suitable facilities and materials to conduct research.


In order to fulfill it's mission of developing professional skills and technical knowledge of future scientists and engineers, the Foundation requests that proposals be authored by the student, although this is no longer required. The student is responsible for the conduct of the research and the preparation of both the mid-term and final reports.

Faculty advisors should also submit a written letter of recommendation/support of the student proposal along with a statement outlining the university's capability to support the research.


For the 1999 - 2000 academic year, the Foundation will award 10 - 12 grants in the amount of $6,000 cash per student with installments of $3,000 to be made in the fall (typically late September) and $3,000 to be made in the spring (typically March) semesters.

The final number of grants to be awarded will be determined by the Committee of the Trustees based upon recommendations by the Grant Evaluation Committee. Although the Foundation recognizes that many graduate research efforts require long-term study efforts, limited resources preclude multi-year commitments. However, previous grant recipients may apply for continued funding the following academic year.


Each proposal receives peer review by the Foundation's Grant Evaluation Committee, which is composed entirely of technical professionals from the industry, academia and the government sector.

The basis for evaluation for funding includes:

1) Technical approach.

2) Student qualifications and university support.

3) Potential for enhancement of the student's professional skills.

4) Potential for technology transfer to the industrial community.


Because of the limited size of the grants, the Foundation does not allow the extraction of university overhead or administrative costs. One hundred percent of the grant must be utilized in the development and implementation of the student's research and professional skills.


The Foundation office must receive applications for the IMAPS Educational Foundation Grants no later than April 17, 2000. The address is IMAPS Educational Foundation, 1850 Centennial Park Drive, Suite 105, Reston, VA 20191. Faxed or e-mailed proposals are acceptable to meet the deadline but an original is necessary for final evaluation. Fax: (703) 758-1066 or e-mail Notification of the Foundation's decision on submitted applications will be sent by mid-June, 2000.


The main body of the proposal should include as many details as possible for the Committee to base their recommendations. You should also follow a similar outline:

  • Title Page - Title, student name, faculty advisor name and the name of the university.
  • Proposal Abstract - A brief abstract suitable for publication, including a brief statement of research objectives, intended methods and relevance to the industrial community. (Renewals should be noted in the abstract)
  • Statement of Purpose - Relevance of proposal to microelectronic technology.
  • Proposed Research - Approach to be utilized based on current knowledge in the field of study. Include research goals and objectives.
  • Statement of Work - Anticipate and outline tasks to be performed and a timetable for completion.
  • Expected Results - What can be reasonably anticipated upon completion of the work? Will this provide an additional building block for microelectronic technology?
  • Diagrams/References - Assure that all references are cited.


Proposals (along with a completed profile sheet found below) should be mailed to Doug Paul, Marketing Manager, 1850 Centennial Park Drive, Suite 105, Reston, VA 20191-1517. Telephone: (888) 464-6277 ext. 169 Fax: (703) 758-5162 E-mail:

The Foundation requires submission of the original proposal printed on one side with original signatures on the enclosed student profile form. Applicants should also submit a resume or biographical background along with a brief letter outlining how IMAPS support will assist in the development of both their professional and personal goals.


NAME: 	_______________________________________________





ADDRESS _______________________________________________

(if different)		


PHONE	_______________________________________________

E-MAIL	_______________________________________________


ATTENDING _______________________________________________


TITLE 	_______________________________________________

_______	I am a U.S. Citizen or permanent resident of the U.S.

I hereby certify that the proposed research is supported by the 

University/College I am attending and further certify that I 

have a faculty advisor to assist in the administration of my 

research project.  


Signature	________________________________  Date_________									


Signature	_______________________________________________


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