IEEE SSCS “Code-a-Chip” Travel Grant Awards

IEEE SSCS “Code-a-Chip” Travel Grant Awards at the 2024 IEEE Symposium on VLSI Technology & Circuits

The IEEE SSCS Code-a-Chip Travel Grant Award was created to:

  • Promote reproducible chip design using open-source tools and notebook-driven design flows and
  • Enable up-and-coming talents as well as seasoned open-source enthusiasts to travel to IEEE SSCS conferences and interact with the leading-edge chip design community.

Program Rules

  • The program is open to anyone (no restrictions). IEEE Solid-State Circuits Society (SSCS) membership is encouraged, but not required. Teaming is encouraged, but each team must identify a single leader who can travel to the Symposium on VLSI from June 16-20, 2024, to receive the award and participate in networking events.
  • Applicants must submit an open-source Jupyter notebook detailing an innovative circuit design using open-source tools. The objective is to disseminate the main ideas and design choices using open-source tools and PDKs in a reproducible manner. Generating a final layout of your circuit is encouraged but not required.
    Examples: inverter, temperature sensor
    Submissions of previous winners: ISSCC’24, ISSCC’23 and VLSI’23
  • Each submission must contain a suitable open-source license (e.g., Apache 2.0).
  • A jury will evaluate the submissions and select up to 10 winners.
  • Travel grants of up to US$500 (for secondary students), up to US$2,500 (for undergraduate students), and between US$1,000-US$5,000 (for graduate students and all others) will be awarded. This award can be used to reimburse travel and a portion of your accommodations until the dollar amount is used up.
  • Travel arrangements must comply with the IEEE Travel and Expense Reimbursement Guidelines and awardees must attend the conference in person to qualify for reimbursement.

Program Logistics

  • The notebooks must be submitted through a GitHub Pull Request at the SSCS Open-Source Ecosystem Code-a-Chip (OSE) GitHub portal.
    • Fork the source repo to your local repo.
    • Create a new directory VLSI24/submitted_notebooks/<my_project_name> in your local repo.
    • Add your Jupyter notebook to the directory.
    • Create a pull request from your local repo to the source repo.
  • Notebooks submissions must follow guidelines in the How to Apply section.
  • The winners are expected to attend the conference to be recognized for their awards and to present a poster.
  • Reimbursement will be provided after the conference when air and accommodation receipts are sent to the conference Treasurer.

Program Schedule

  • April 3, 2024, 11:59 AM Pacific Time: Notebook submission deadline (GitHub pull request)
  • April 14, 2024: Announcement of winners
  • April 17-21, 2024: Register for conference, obtain letter for visa application (if needed)
  • June 16-20, 2024: Attend conference



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