The two recently announced DoD institute technology focus areas are (1) Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation (DMDI) and (2) Lightweight and Modern Metals Manufacturing Innovation (LM3I). These institutes will address cross-cutting manufacturing technologies to meet critical national security and energy needs.
The DMDI Institute will address the life cycle of digital data interchanged among myriad design, engineering, manufacturing and maintenance systems, and flowing across a networked supply chain. The LM3I Institute will accelerate the introduction and expand the use of more affordable products made with high strength-to-weight alloys that improve performance and reduce energy consumption.
The total DoD funding contribution will be $50M per institute, with other government agencies rounding out the balance to reach $70M in federal funding per institute, with an expected minimum 1:1 funding match by industry/others.
The establishment of both institutes will be overseen by the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD), with solicitations managed by DoD field activities. The DMDI Institute will be established by formal solicitation through the Army Contracting Command - Redstone in support of the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research Development and Engineering Center (AMRDEC) located at Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, and managed and supported by a tri-service, interagency group composed of members from contributing agencies.
The LM3I Institute will be established by formal solicitation through the Contracting Department of the Office of Naval Research located in Arlington, Virginia, and similarly managed and supported by a tri-service, interagency group composed of contributing members.
AMRDEC and ONR have released separate Requests for Information (RFI) in support of the DMDI and LM3I Institute solicitations, with award of cooperative agreements targeted for the late 2013 time frame. Specific timelines will be promulgated by the respective lead Services for the DMDI and LM3I Institutes. One or more industry days are being planned in a combination meeting/webinar format and will be announced by the respective acquisition agency hosting each solicitation. Please watch www.grants.gov and www.fedbizopps.gov for additional information on both institute solicitations.
Read about Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation (DMDI) and the DMDI RFI
Read about Lightweight and Modern Metals Manufacturing Innovation (LM3I) and the LM3I RFI
Go to the White House Press Release: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/05/09/obama-administration-launches-competition-three-new-manufacturing-innova
Read the FAQ about the three new Institutes and National Network for Manufacturing Innovation: NNMI_FAQ.pdf