America Makes announces project call for DoD Point of Need Manufacturing Challenge

January 13, 2023

America Makes, Youngstown, Ohio, has announced a project call of up to $1.5 million to fund multiple projects under the MII Point of Need (PoN) Challenge from the US Department of Defense (DOD). This project call is in cooperation with other Manufacturing Innovation Institutes and OSD ManTech. Individual project budgets will not exceed half a million.

The DoD PoN Manufacturing Challenge Project Call addresses dual-use applications that are responsive to specific needs of the DoD and the domestic manufacturing industry. This project call is focused on a single Special Topic Area (STA) derived from the DoD advanced manufacturing community and contains seven challenges on PoN manufacturing applications of interest to the DoD.

These challenges are:

  • Build the Forward Operation Base (FOB)
  • Unmanned Ground Vehicle (UGV)
  • Warfighter Medical, Health and Nutrition
  • Power
  • Cyber
  • Staying in the Fight
  • Other

Each challenge is based on a Class of Supply. Projects should demonstrate the technology that could address the scenario and be deployed & performed in the required operational environment.

As Additive Manufacturing continues to play a role in technological advances within the aerospace and defence industry, America Makes members are encouraged to submit innovative manufacturing solutions that can be deployed close to soldiers in the field. Solutions must be designed to operate within challenging operational environments; technologies will be demonstrated at a location chosen by the DoD within the continental United States that represents one of two operational environments: cold weather (i.e., arctic) or hot/humid.

Project teams can propose against one or more of the seven challenges and must include America Makes as an execution partner. Further information is available here.

The deadline for submission of the concept packet is Monday, February 6, 2023.

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