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Broadcom Fellowships 2013-2014

Call for Proposals



Following a successful first year of funded research, the Broadcom Foundation will continue its Fellowship award program. A committee of EE faculty (the Selection Committee), named below, invites PhD students who have passed the Preliminary Exam to submit proposals on research which explores new possibilities in TSMC's 28-nm and 40-nm CMOS technologies. The research may relate to, but is not restricted to, novel design of integrated circuits, methods to enhance IC functionality such as on-chip antennas or other structures compatible with foundry CMOS, and exploration of advanced VLSI for emerging applications. The proposal should clearly indicate how the research when realized in the state-of-the-art CMOS will solve a problem, or enable a system that otherwise would not have been possible. Since the Selection Committee is from within the Department, it asks the student to prepare and submit the proposal in close consultation with his or her research advisor.

The Selection Committee will choose up to five proposals from those submitted, based on technical merit and likelihood of success. The Broadcom Foundation will give full GSR support for one academic year to the selected PhD students, including NRT. A paid internship at Broadcom during summer 2014 is also likely. Moreover, if the research shows good potential, Broadcom will arrange for prototypes to be fabricated on its frequent CMOS shuttles at TSMC.

Although this program intends to provide one year of seed funding for good new ideas, Broadcom will consider providing continued support in subsequent years for the selected PhD students who make good progress. Proposals from past recipients of the Fellowship may submit a proposal for continuing their work that highlights the progress to date and the outcomes expected in the next year.

Proposal Format

The proposal should not exceed 5 pages in length, including all figures, tables, and charts. It should contain the following sections:

A. A clear description of the problem to be solved, or the system-on-a-chip to be realized.

B. A brief summary, with references, of the current state-of-the-art.

C. A description of what is new about the proposed approach, and how it will advance the state-of-the-art.

D. The proposed method of attack, and the possible risks of failure.

E. How the research takes advantage of, or is enabled by, a realization in an advanced CMOS process.

F. For research funded by the Fellowship last year, a clear account of the progress to date.

Submission Deadline

The proposal must be uploaded by following instructions on a dedicated website,, by midnight, Sun November 24. The Selection Committee will choose up to five proposals within two weeks after the deadline.

Selection Committee

Asad Abidi, Professor, Chair

Behzad Razavi, Professor

Alan Willson, Professor

Jason Woo, Professor

C.-K. Ken Yang, Professor


Maximum 5 pages in length