Opportunities exist to move technologies and capabilities relevant to advancements in the functional fabrics and adjacent industries forward that are in support of Government and commercial interests.


Open Opportunities

Innovation cannot happen in isolation. AFFOA seeks to fund and collaborate on revolutionary ideas, rapid prototyping, and manufacturing advancements in advanced fibers and fabrics through a variety of project opportunities. 

Opportunities are open to all members of the AFFOA network. If there is an opportunity that you would like posted, please contact us at info@affoa.org.  

Drexel University Focus Group: We Want Your Feedback on E-Textile Sensors

Drexel University Focus Group: We Want Your Feedback on E-Textile Sensors

The Pennsylvania Fabric Discovery Center (PA FDC) is currently working to overcome barriers in the design and manufacture of electronic textiles for consumer, medical, and defense applications. To support this effort, they are developing a Soft Systems Design Kit (SSDK), a suite of process documents, tooling, and standards to facilitate communication and design in the electronic textiles space. The SSSDK aims to reflect systems available for streamlining and standardizing development of standard electronics.

The PAFDC is looking for individuals to participate in a series of focus groups with e-textile professionals from diverse backgrounds to share their experiences and challenges in developing and integrating e-textile applications to help them continue developing the SSDK.

Ideal Participants:
Designers, engineers, and manufacturing experts working in the e-textiles space

– Focus groups to shed perspective on new documentation and tooling suite for functional fabric development, currently focused on two e-textile systems
– Each focus group session takes approximately 60-90 minutes and will be held on separate days

Initial session – week of September 20-24
(time/day based on availability)

Zoom (link will be provided)

More information can be found on the flyer here

If you are interested in participating in a focus group, please contact Christina Kara at functionalfabrics@drexel.edu by September 13, 2021.

Response Deadline: 09.13.2021

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M2I2 Equipment Funding Opportunity

M2I2 Equipment Funding Opportunity

AFFOA is issuing a solicitation in collaboration with the Massachusetts Manufacturing Innovation Initiative (M2I2) to provide manufacturing equipment grants to Massachusetts-based AFFOA member businesses, and manufacturers. Through this grant, AFFOA is looking to help MA-based manufacturers, start-ups, and businesses scale-up their equipment needs to achieve domestic, manufacturing scale.   

The targets for this equipment call are companies looking to ramp up production capability for advanced fiber, fabric, and/or textile products in Manufacturing Readiness Levels 4-7. High-tech, traditional, or start-up manufacturing firms with capabilities in manufacturing technology for fiber, fabric, or textile-related products or prototypes are therefore encouraged to apply.  

We will be holding an informational webinar on Monday, August 16th from 1PM-2PM EST to brief interested parties. This webinar will feature a presentation on the M2I2 program by Farhad Vazehgoo, Acting Director of Advanced Manufacturing Programs, as well as more information on the funding opportunity. 

Register Here 

Additional Information 

  • Request for Consultation:  Interested members are encouraged to seek a consultation prior to application submission. 

Please request a consult here

Response Deadline: 08.26.2021

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Closed Opportunities

Opportunities come and go. We have shared some that have already closed to highlight examples of previous opportunities available to the network.


Project Call 2.0


2019 Balaclava and Removable Facemask (A Cold Weather Head and Facial Protection Solution)


MITANDFIT Workshop: Industry Partner Open Call


RFQ: Cold Temperature and Arctic Protection System (CTAPS) – Base, Insulative, Softshell, Extreme Cold Weather layers

National EWD Funding Opportunity