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.



IARPA has released a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) for Smart Electrically Powered and Networked Textile Systems. Please use the link below to find out more information about the program as well as links to the BAA and registration for a Government Furnished Capability Open House being hosted by MIT Lincoln Laboratory and AFFOA.


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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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MITANDFIT Workshop: Industry Partner Open Call

We are developing the next iteration of a unique collaboration between MIT, FIT and AFFOA, The MITANDFIT workshop.

This workshop brings students from design and science together around an industry challenge that incorporates real world issues. In short, the workshop can be compared to a two week “hackathon” where students receive support, instruction, and mentoring from MIT scientists and FIT industry focused faculty.

We are searching for an industry partner to provide an industry challenge that the workshop will be based around. We welcome the opportunity to discuss the workshop and the opportunity with you in detail – please contact Joanne Arbuckle- joanne_arbuckle@fitnyc.edu

Deadline May 10th


A team inside the company to develop a challenge for students to create prototypes of possible solutions using MIT technologies. This team is expected to work with MIT and FIT faculty to have a brief on the industrial challenge. During the workshop the company team is expected to give a talk about their branding ethos and attend the student presentations to give feedback on prototypes and final presentation.

Expectations also include:

  • 1-2 points of contact from the organization
  • 10-15 hours of time prior to the workshop
  • 5 hours of time during the workshop
  • Branding resources for pre-workshop module
  • Physical materials corresponding to the industry challenge to include in 12 design kits for students


The industry partner plays a critical role in the success of the workshop in the creation of the design brief and their mentorship role during the workshop.

As a result of the workshop, one of the benefits the industry partner receives is from the presentation of product innovations that the students develop in answering the challenge and access to the emerging workforce.


Below is a short description of the design brief that was developed for our recent workshop with New Balance.

CHALLENGE : Live for Tomorrow
Corporations often struggle to transition towards more sustainable behavior because of the associated costs of implementation or compromises to consumer’s perceptions of their existing business. For New Balance, performance is always the first lens by which a new product must be judged.

Inspired by the research of Svetlana V. Boriskina, Ph.D.

How might humble polyethylene fuel next-generation athletic performance gear?
The students explored “Smart PE (polypropylene)as a sustainable option for clothing and footwear looking at innovative ways to disassemble apparel/footwear for recycling purposes.

Inspired by the Morpho species, Mathias Kolle, Ph.D. (http://news.mit.edu/2018/color-changing-compression-ban-dage-signal-pressure-level-0529) has taken a biomimetic approach to demonstrate the potential for tunable, color-changing functional Fibers the team propose the following challenge:

How might structural color-changing fibers signal the starting line for what’s about to come?

Deep exploration as to how to evaluate performance within the clothing and footwear and provide an opportunity for the athlete and others to utilize the data.

How to Apply

We welcome the opportunity to discuss the workshop and the opportunity with you in detail – please contact Joanne Arbuckle- joanne_arbuckle@fitnyc.edu

Response Deadline: 05.10.2021

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

Brief Description: AFFOA is seeking proposals for cut and sew manufacturers to support a limited production of a government designed prototype of a cold weather face and head protection system that meets military requirements for operating in cold to intense cold weather conditions (+20°F to -25°F) The system will consist of a balaclava and removable facemask for additional face protection and goggle integration. Option to produce 500 rather than 300 balaclavas. Proposers are requested to price accordingly.
Period of Performance: ~2 months from award date
Response Deadline: COB 14 November 2019
Proposal Submission Link: https://forms.gle/JdGAfj9PZLvcfsJe9
Attached Documents: Request for Proposal (RFP), Proposal and Budget Templates.
RFP: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1pJeEKWAgwQYF3FNxNaKQiuoCKHW87tbv
Proposal Template: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ibrDt-jpVGpLxpsiHgG4vFiS2wpcdRze/view?usp=sharing
Budget Template: https://drive.google.com/open?id=11bfqlCM2VmtY2hQz4KZ5LcpYSFIASJeX

Response Deadline: 11.14.2019

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Project Call 2.0

Project Call 2.0

Advanced Functional Fabrics of America (AFFOA) announces Project Call 2.0, a ~$3.0M investment in new development to expand technology capabilities and jumpstart key areas of strategic technology growth towards the scaling of advanced functional fiber and fabric technologies. More information on the scope of Project Call 2.0 is provided in the Project Call 2.0 Guidebook in the Resources section below.

Project Call 2.0 Topics

Below is high level information on the PC 2.0 topics. The General Webinar and Topic Announcement will provide further details on the specific scope of each topic as identified from input from a range of industry and government partners.

PC 2.0 Topics:

Topic 2.1: Team System Demonstration – Full system integration that utilizes multiple technologies in the area of smart electronic textiles.
Topic 2.2: Materials and Process Assessment – Assessment of key design rule metrics and robustness of commercially available electronic materials for their use in electronic textiles.
Topic 2.3: Textile Device Advancement – MRL advancement of electronic textile devices.
Topic 2.4: Textile Device Connectors and Integration Strategies – Advanced strategies for robust connectors and device placement that supports an increase in MRL for electronic textiles.
Topic 2.5: Textile Technology Translation – MRL and/or TRL advancement of a textile-based technology innovation for small business and start-up companies.

Important Due Dates

Pre-proposals should be submitted via email: proposals@affoa.org by 5:00 PM PST on June 13th, 2021.

Full proposals should be submitted via email: proposals@affoa.org by 5:00 PM PST on July 9th, 2021.

Questions or Seeking a Consultation:

Please use this form to ask any questions or to schedule a consultation about Project Call 2.0.

Questions and Consultation Request Form 


Are you representing a startup company?  AFFOA is teaming up with the National Security Innovation Network (NSIN) for a STARTS event as part of the awardee selection process for Project Call 2.0 Topic 2.5, focused on accelerating startup company textile technologies. An informational ‘Ask Me Anything’ event will be held on June 7th from 1 PM – 2 PM EST.  Talks will be provided by subject matter experts from AFFOA, US DEVCOM and the textiles industry. For more information and registration, please follow this link.

About AFFOA:

AFFOA is a non-profit, public private partnership one of the DoD funded Manufacturing USA Innovation Institutes headquartered in Cambridge, MA. AFFOA’s mission is to “Rekindle the domestic textiles industry by leading a nationwide enterprise for advanced fiber & fabric technology development and manufacturing, enabling revolutionary system capabilities for national security and commercial markets”.

AFFOA’s strength is its ability to engage with the United States textile community to meet their needs and build a robust ecosystem of collaboration. More information on AFFOA membership, as well as the current membership network can be found on AFFOA’s website.

Please note that funding in this call is contingent on being an AFFOA member at the time of award. If you are interested in becoming a member of AFFOA’s network or learning more, please contact info@affoa.org 


Response Deadline: 07.09.2021

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

Brief Description: AFFOA, in collaboration with the US Combat Capability Development Command Center (CCDC SC), is seeking quotes from Berry compliant cut and sew manufacturers to support the production of 200-300 experimental cold weather clothing systems to be delivered by December 7, 2020, in preparation for a limited field user evaluation.

Response Deadline: June 12, 2020

Please reach out to Natasha Spackey (natasha@affoa.org) if you are interested in submitting a quote for individual layers or the full system and additional technical information can be provided.

Response Deadline: 06.12.2020

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National EWD Funding Opportunity

National EWD Funding Opportunity

AFFOA would like to let the membership network know about DoD Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for the the National Defense Education Program (NDEP) for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM), and Biotechnology Education, Outreach, and Workforce Initiative Programs and Enhanced Civics Education 2021. Possible STEM initiatives related to this funding include career pathways, mentoring programs, cross-disciplinary programs, innovations in remote learning, consortia approaches to implement STEM education; education and outreach activities that strengthen communities and partnerships with industry (among others). Please see page 6 and 7 of the funding announcement linked below to review the full list of activities. The ceiling for this award is $3 million over 3 years.

We have included key dates for submission below.

Please reach out to Becky Lewis (becky@affoa.org) if you have any questions or are interested in exploring partnering with AFFOA on a technical application for this opportunity.

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