Member Initiated Projects

*A selection process for the next round of Member Initiated Projects is currently underway. Funding recipients are expected to be announced in February 2021. 


As the name suggests, Member Initiated Projects (MIP) are only available as funding opportunities for PowerAmerica members. MIPs are a valuable benefit of the Institute, as they establish a process for supporting technology development that is focused on pre-competitive, yet critical needs of the broad wide bandgap community.

MIPs provide a mechanism for Institute members to collectively identify the highest priority projects that are needed to advance WBG commercialization and to direct resources to address those challenges. Successful projects yield tangible results that benefit members.

These projects are funded by member dues and other revenue-generating activities that the Institute performs (no direct federal funding). A small working group composed of members works with PowerAmerica staff to administer the MIP program.

Current Member Initiated Projects

Packaging a Top-cooled 650V/>150A GaN Power Module with Insulated Thermal Pads and Gate-Drive Circuit (University of Tennessee)

Prototyping and Evaluation of High-Speed 10 kV SiC MOSFET Power Modules with High Scalability and System-Integration Solution (Virginia Tech/NREL/Wolfspeed)

Surge Energy Robustness of GaN Power Devices and Modules: Application-driven Evaluation and Physics-of-Failure Modeling (Virginia Tech/Lockheed Martin)

Past MIPs

  • Quantifying Power Device Reliability Due to Terrestrial and Other Radiation Sources (CoolCAD Electronics)
  • Reliability Analysis of Wide Bandgap Semiconductor Devices (Texas Tech/Group NIRE)
  • Short-circuit Behavior and Protection of Next Generation SiC Modules (Ohio State)
  • WBG Integrated High Voltage APM/OBCM Converter for Future Use in Autonomous Vehicles (Virginia Tech)


Submit any questions using the form below. All questions and corresponding answers will be posted here.

MIP Questions