xTechManufacture

The Office of the United States Assistant Secretary of the Army (Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology) (ASA(ALT)), Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (OUSD R&E), and Joint Defense Manufacturing Technology Panel (JDMTP)

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Total Money Offered: $445K
Challenge Topic: Defense Manufacturing Solutions
Partner Agency:

The Office of the United States Assistant Secretary of the Army (Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology) (ASA(ALT)), Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (OUSD R&E), and Joint Defense Manufacturing Technology Panel (JDMTP)

Submission Dates: September 14, 2022 — October 14, 2022
Winner Announced: December 8, 2022
Who Can Submit: Eligible entities include United States-based small businesses and institutions of higher education.

Description

The U.S. Army would like to invite interested entities to participate in the xTechManufacture competition, a forum for eligible U.S. based small businesses, sole proprietors and institutions of higher education including accredited post-secondary institutions, to engage with the Department of Defense, earn prize money and participate in the 2022 Defense Manufacturing Conference in Tampa, FL from December 5-8, 2022. 

The Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology through the Army’s xTech program is partnering with the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (OUSD R&E) and the Joint Defense Manufacturing Technology Panel (JDMTP), to host this competition. The JDMTP is made up of key DOD personnel that make up the manufacturing arm of the DOD with representatives from the OUSD R&E, U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy, U.S. Missile Defense Agency, and U.S. Defense Logistics Agency. The DOD recognizes that it must enhance engagements with small businesses, sole proprietors and institutions across the U.S. by (1) understanding the spectrum of ‘world-class’ technologies being developed commercially that may benefit the DOD in the manufacturing space and (2) integrating the sector of commercial innovators into the DOD Science and Technology (S&T) ecosystem.

The xTechManufacture competition is an opportunity for eligible entities to pitch novel advanced manufacturing solutions directly to the DOD. In addition to non-dilutive cash prizes, entities will have the opportunity to engage with DOD and other partners through information sharing and networking opportunities. The xTechManufacture competition will provide operational and technical feedback from DOD subject matter experts on proposed ideas submitted to this competition and offer the finalists cash prizes and opportunities to participate in the 2022 DMC where there will be additional networking opportunities throughout the conference.

Purpose:

The purpose of the xTechManufacture competition is to invest in the emerging, critical, technologies outlined below and address the manufacturing challenges affecting the defense industrial base’s ability to advance the technology into acquisition systems by engaging new industry partners through providing an opportunity to pitch novel technology solutions directly to the DOD. Topic areas and associated problem statements are listed below; the ability to de-risk and scale-up the manufacturability is a critical element to our national security. The efforts described in this announcement are being pursued under the authorities of 10 U.S.C. § 4025 (Prizes for Advanced Technology Achievements, formerly 10 U.S.C. 2374a) and 10 U.S.C. § 4022 (Prototype Projects) (formerly 10 U.S.C. § 2371b).

The crosscutting topic area of manufacturing is important across the defense industrial base.  Given the advancements and complexities of requirements for Soldier and Weapon systems, proposals submitted to this competition may have interest to various Department-wide research and procurement programs. While the authority of this program is 10 U.S.C. § 4025, a concept white paper submitted to the xTechManufacture competition may generate interest by another DOD organization for a funding opportunity outside of this program. The interested DOD organization may contact the submitting entity to provide additional information which may or may not result in opportunities outside of this competition.

Focus Areas:

The xTechManufacture competition seeks to advance the defense industrial base (DIB) through manufacturing innovation. With focused investments aimed at the advancement and maturation of key manufacturing technology processes that move technology from research and development into affordable and timely full-scale production – this competition aims to strengthen alliances and build new partnerships in the following key technology areas with the highest potential impact across the Defense Department.

Topic 1: Hypersonics - Develop leap-ahead and cost-effective technologies to support hypersonic systems that fly within the atmosphere for significant portions of their flight at or above 5 times the speed of sound, or approximately 3700 miles per hour. Hypersonics dramatically shorten the timeline to strike a target and increase unpredictability.

Topic 2: Directed Energy - Development of directed energy systems to include, but not limited to high energy lasers and high-power microwave systems. Some examples of needed technologies:  high power beam control components, beam director components and assemblies, high energy laser components, and improvements in directed energy manufacturing techniques and automation technologies for independent manufacturing.

Topic 3: Power and Energy - Development of power and energy devices to include, but not limited to rechargeable and non-rechargeable batteries, munitions batteries, fuel cells, supercapacitors, and hybrid systems.  Some examples of needed technologies:  Large-format lithium-ion batteries for lightweight high-energy, high-power weapons systems; printed and flexible hybrid electronics for wearable conformal batteries. (Resource: Power Sources TWG Charter and DOD ManTech Website, Electronics subpanel page).  

Topic 4: Digital Thread - Development of software systems to drive a continuous flow of integrated design, analysis, and manufacturing information throughout the product/system life cycle. (Resource: DOD ManTech Website).    

Topic 5: Additive Manufacturing - Mature 3-dimensional printing to mitigate diminished manufacturing sources of supply and long lead time supply chain shortfalls by:  

  • Modernizing national defense systems to improve performance using AM-designed equipment; 
  • Increasing materiel readiness to rapidly prototype and produce direct parts, thereby reducing the risk of obsolete hardware; and 
  • Enabling Warfighters to employ innovative solutions on the battlefield through AM capabilities. 

Resource: https://www.cto.mil/dod-additive-manufacturing-strategy/ 

Schedules and Prizes

PART 1: CONCEPT WHITE PAPER

September 14 - October 14, 2022

Up to ten (10) finalists

$15K/each

All eligible entities are invited to submit a Part 1: Concept White Paper addressing one (1) or more of the five (5) manufacturing problem statements detailed above. Eligible entities may submit one (1) or more submissions per problem statement outlining their technology, the technical concept and scientific viability of their approach, the potential impact on the defense industrial base (identify specific applications and/or specific acquisition platforms where possible), and commercial potential for both public and private dual-use applicability.

PART 2: FINAL TECHNOLOGY PITCHES

December 5-8, 2022

Up to three (3) winners

1st place: $125K

2nd place: $75K

3rd place: $25K

All others receive $10K/each

Part 1 Finalists will be invited to participate in the finals at the 2022 DMC in Tampa, FL from December 5-8, 2022.

Each Part 2 participant will conduct a live 15-minute presentation followed by a 10-minute question-and-answer session with a panel of DOD SMEs and will be given the opportunity to demonstrate their potential for impact and their technology and concept viability. Detailed instructions and evaluation criteria will be provided to the selected finalists. 

Detailed instructions and evaluation criteria will be provided to the Part 2 participants. In addition to the prize money, the 10 Part 2 participants will have an opportunity to network with key stakeholders during the 2022 DMC. The winners will be announced at the conclusion of the 2022 DMC on Thursday, December 8, 2022.

Rules

Eligibility Requirements

The xTechManufacture competition is voluntary. The entities allowed to participate in this competition must either be:

  • Sole proprietors or small business concerns in accordance with Small Business Administration guidance under 13 Code of Federal Regulations § 121.201, or any entity willing and able to be registered as a small business in the United States; or
  • Institutions of higher education including accredited post-secondary institutions.

Each eligible entity:

  • Shall be incorporated in, and maintain, a primary place of business in the U.S.
  • May not be a U.S. Federal Government entity or employ a U.S. Federal Employee acting within the scope of their employment. 
  • Required to register in System for Award Management (SAM) and have or obtain an active CAGE code, DUNS number, and not be on the exclusions lists (debarred or suspended). Instructions on how to obtain a CAGE code can be found on the xTechManufacture registration page.

Judging Criteria

Part 1: Concept White Paper

Each concept white paper will be reviewed by a panel of DOD experts across the S&T ecosystem including Warfighter, acquisition, and research and development subject matter experts. Each concept white paper will be evaluated using the following scoring criteria (further details on each scoring dimension can be found on the xTechManufacture registration page):

  • Introduction, Program Alignment – 15%
  • Potential Impact – 20%
  • Technology and Concept Viability – 25%
  • Commercialization and Potential – 20%
  • DOD Transition Plan – 15%
  • Submission Quality – 5%

Part 2: Final Technology Pitches

Detailed instructions and evaluation criteria will be provided to the Part 2 participants.

How to Enter

All eligible entities are invited to submit a Part 1: Concept White Paper by 05:00 PM EST on October 14, 2022. Registration information and uploaded submission materials received after the deadline will not be considered.

  • All concept white papers shall be submitted using the template found on the registration page, “xTechManufacture_WhitePaper_Template.doc”. Any proposals submitted in a format other than that provided by the template will not be reviewed. 
  • Please list your company name, and proposal title EXACTLY how you would like them to appear on any contest marketing materials. Use clear and concise proposal titles to give readers and potential stakeholders an understanding of how your technology would benefit the DOD.

Disclaimers

Registered participants shall be required to assume any and all risks and waive claims against the Federal Government and its related entities, except in the case of willful misconduct, for any injury, death, damage, or loss of property, revenue, or profits, whether direct, indirect, or consequential, arising from their participation in this prize competition, whether the injury, death, damage, or loss arises through negligence or otherwise. 

Intellectual Property

The DOD is a strong proponent of deliberate intellectual property (IP) rights and management by the private sector and the DOD.   

For the xTechManufacture competition: 

  • The Federal Government may not gain an interest in IP developed by a participant without the written consent of the participant;  
  • Nothing in this xTech Prize Competition shall diminish the Government’s rights in patents, technical data, technical information, computer software, computer databases, and computer software documentation that the Government had prior to this xTech Prize Competition, or is entitled to, under any other Government Agreement or contract, or is otherwise entitled to under law; and 
  • The Federal Government may negotiate a license for the use of IP developed by a registered participant in the prize competition. 

Reimbursement of Costs

The DOD will not reimburse participants for any costs associated with preparing or submitting responses to any portion of xTechManufacture (Part 1, or Part 2). Participation in xTechManufacture is voluntary. This announcement/competition and/or the information presented herein will not obligate the DOD in any manner. The posted information is provided for planning purposes only and does not constitute a request for information.

Contact

The xTech Program Office

Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army, Research and Technology

Email:  usarmy.pentagon.hqda-asa-alt.mbx.xtechsearch@army.mil

Website:  https://www.xtechsearch.army.mil