Samsung Electronics, Co., Ltd. (SAMSUNG) has conducted the Global Research Outreach ("GRO") program, which is a call for research proposals from the world's leading universities, since 2009(GRO). As a special event of the 2013 GRO, SAMSUNG is excited to announce the launch of SGMI (Samsung Global MRAM Innovation), a new program for funding research into STT-MRAM. SGMI is open to proposals from the world's leading universities and research labs.
The SGMI program is designed to create opportunities - at colleges, universities and research labs around the world - for exploring breakthrough and innovative STT-MRAM (Magnetic Random Access Memory) research. With this call, SAMSUNG invites you to submit your best and most novel ideas on a range of compelling research subjects with the goal of establishing a collaborative research relationship with SAMSUNG.
Selected proposals will receive financial support from SAMSUNG. Based on the research results and internal needs, the SGMI partnership may be renewed for up to three years. Joint research proposals from multiple universities and research labs may also be accepted.
The SGMI program represents an opportunity for SAMSUNG and the world's leading universities and research labs to build a mutually beneficial research relationship that will support and sustain the commercialization and long-term future of STT-MRAM.
We look forward to your participation.
Program Year Calendar
* This schedule is subject to change.
- Monday, June 3, 2013, 9:00 A.M. Korea Standard Time (UTC+9): SGMI Call for Proposal on the company's website
- The SGMI program is seeking proposals in thirty-one (31) research items on STT-MRAM.
- Saturday, September 28, 2013, 9:00 A.M. Korea Standard Time (UTC+9): Deadline for submission
- All proposals must be received no later than 9:00 A.M. Korea Standard Time (UTC+9), September 28, 2013.
- Monday, December 2, 2013: Notification of proposal decisions
- Proposal results will be announced via email.
* Notification schedule is subject to change.
Applicants shall submit the following three (3) documents in each research proposal submission.
Please refer to the following proposal guide.
- The Research Proposal ("Research Project Specification") (Proposal Guide & Format)
- It is recommended that a proposal be no longer than 10 pages. Additional pages may be used for presenting figures, images, additional data and bibliography. Please include the one(1) or two(2) page CV of the PI, and any co-PI(s). Please, attach all CVs at the end of the research proposal. Research Proposals are expected to provide answers, in English, in PDF format only.
- Scanned Copy of Signed GRO RA Acceptance Letter
Since the SGMI is a special event of GRO 2013, to be eligible, applicants shall submit an unmodified GRO RA Acceptance Letter which is completed and signed by an authorized contract official of the universities or research labs.
GRO RA will be sent by request via email listed in contact below.
Scanned file of the GRO RA Acceptance Letter shall be sent in PDF format only.
- Scanned Copy of Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA) Acceptance Letter
SAMSUNG values the personal information of its applicants and strives to protect each applicant's personal information. Also, SAMSUNG adheres to all applicable laws and regulations, including the Personal Information Protection Act of Korea. To be eligible, applicants shall submit an unmodified PIPA Acceptance Letter that has been completed and signed by an applicant. Scanned file of the (PIPA) Acceptance Letter shall be sent in PDF format only.
The research proposal can be multi-year project of up to three years. Please note that, for multi-year proposals, the second year contract will be dependent on the first year's research outcomes.
If your proposal is a joint project, a separate budget should be provided for each participating university. The amount of budget of two universities may not exceed USD $70,000 - $150,000. However, for outstanding proposals, SAMSUNG is open to discussing the budget limit with proposer.
The proposal (the above three (3) documents) shall be submitted via email listed below.
SAMSUNG will review all the proposals against SGMI evaluation criteria.
- Evaluation Criteria
- - The innovativeness, ambition, and scientific and societal impact of the proposal
- - How well the proposed research addresses the subjects outlined in "Research Themes and Subjects".
- - Relevance and completeness of proposed research plan
SAMSUNG will have sole discretion in accepting and funding proposals.
Confidential and Proprietary Information
Participants shall ensure that no confidential or proprietary information is included in submitted proposals. SAMSUNG will treat all information submitted in proposals as non-confidential and non-proprietary. Under the SGMI program, submitted proposals will be reviewed by SAMSUNG personnel, including researchers. During the evaluation process, SAMSUNG cannot maintain the confidentiality of information set forth in the proposals. Accordingly, SAMSUNG does not require, and does not desire, to receive any information that may be deemed confidential by the university researcher or the university.
Notification of Proposal Decisions
SAMSUNG will notify the proposer of the results in early-December. (Notification schedule is subject to change.)
University(or research lab) selected for funds shall also sign the GRO Research Agreement("RA") before funding can be processed. If supported projects do not execute GRO RA documents within 2 months from the date of proposal result announcement, the SGMI funding is subject to cancellation. For best results, supported projects are expected to begin in early 2014.
- Q 01.How do I apply?
- Q 02.What is the deadline for applications to be submitted?
All proposals must be received no later than 9:00 A.M. Korea Standard Time (UTC+9), September 28, 2013.
- Q 03.Can I submit a multi-year proposal?
Yes. Partnership may be renewed for up to three (3) years, based on project scale, project progress, research outcomes and SAMSUNG's business needs. Supported projects will be expected to begin in early 2014. For multi-year proposals, applicants should provide the detail of multi-year research scope and plans in your proposal. Please refer to the "Proposal Guide" document which is posted on this webpage for more details. Please note that, for multi-year proposals, the second year contract will be dependent on the outcomes of the first year's research project.
- Q 04.Can I submit a proposal with a budget larger than US$150,000?
The SGMI program provides cash support for one year in the range of $US70,000 ~ $US150,000 that includes any applicable overheads. (Please note that overhead costs must be specified in your proposal.) However, Samsung may offer, in some cases, larger funds for exceptional proposals.
- Q 05.I have been working with a colleague at another university/research lab. Can we submit a joint proposal?
Yes. Applicants from two (2) (or more) separate university/research lab may submit a joint proposal for consideration to this program. But only one (1) representative university/research lab's Principal Investigator ("PI") shall submit a proposal with the all relevant information regarding joint universities and detailed budget request for each university separately. Please note that the GRO Research Agreement (RA) Acceptance Letter shall be signed by all universities in the joint proposal. If a joint proposal is selected, GRO RA documents shall be signed by representatives from each university/research lab. Such university's/research lab's representatives shall, at their own discretion and responsibility, manage the budget in accordance with the budgetary plan outlined in the submitted proposal. The total amount of budget of two, or more universities may not exceed US$70,000~US$150,000 that includes any applicable overheads. However, for outstanding proposals, SAMSUNG is open to discussing the budget limit with proposer.
- Q 06.I am a researcher that is not associated with a university/research lab. Can I submit a proposal through this process?
The SGMI Program is only designed to fund research projects with researchers affiliated with universities/research labs.
- Q 07.Can start-up companies apply for this program?
The SGMI Program is designed to fund research projects with researchers affiliated with universities/research labs. However, if start-up company is interested in working with SAMSUNG on SGMI research subjects, SAMSUNG will consider other forms of collaboration.
- Q 08.I am planning to submit a proposal with a co-investigator as well as a graduate student researcher. How do I submit CVs for all members of the team?
Please consolidate brief (1-2 page) CVs for each individual into a appendix of your proposal.
- Q 09.Can my university/research lab submit multi-item proposal?
Yes, multiple research item proposal may also be accepted.
- Q 10.What happens if I need to make a change to my proposal after submission?
If you need to revise your proposal after submitting, you can make changes and email again prior to the submission deadline. You will not be able to make any changes after the submission deadline has passed.
- Q 11.I am a university professor seeking an equipment or a cash donation. Can I apply through SGMI program?
The SGMI Program is designed to fund breakthrough research projects on SAMSUNG's MRAM request, and as such does not fund equipment or cash donations, nor can it support student projects, event sponsorships, or teaching activities.
- Q 12.I am interested in other research subject not on SGMI's research items. Can I apply through SGMI program?
Sorry. SGMI Program is designed to fund the topics which are specified on thirty-two (32) MRAM requirements.
- Q 13.Can I send files in another format besides PDF?
No. All applications must be in PDF format.