The Product Accelerator for Functional Fabrics (PAFF) program is designed to help US companies close the gap(s) in their advanced functional fabric product and technology development. To improve the time to market of these products, industry will be able to access AFFOA’s established specialized capabilities and expertise with no direct cost to your organization. The PAFF program is specifically meant for companies that have a product near commercialization or a process with a targeted improvement need that can be completed over a period of performance of up to 12 months.
The PAFF program will support access to AFFOA’s staff expertise and capabilities for your commercialization efforts, including:
– Textile and electronic product design
– Thermally drawn fiber*
– Textile yarn and fabric formation
– Electronics development
– Prototype manufacturing
– Component & product testing and failure analysis
– Process development engineering
Access the PAFF Webinar
AFFOA Members can access the webinar in the AFFOA Member Portal.
More information on the scope of the Product Accelerator for Functional Fabrics program is provided in the PAFF Guidebook.
For internal and external communication purposes, each Proposer is required to provide a single slide following the PAFF Program Proposal Summary Slide Template.
If you have questions regarding this program, please use the form.
Important Due Dates:
Pre-proposals should be submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org by 5:00 PM PST on November 8th, 2023.
Full proposals should be submitted via email to email@example.com by 5:00 PM PST on December 12th, 2023.
AFFOA is a non-profit, public private partnership and 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 membership to the Fabric Innovation Network can be found on AFFOA’s website (www.affoa.org).
Please note that AFFOA Membership is not required to submit a proposal for this program. However, AFFOA Membership will be required if chosen to be part of the PAFF program. If you are interested in becoming a member of AFFOA’s network or learning more, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
*No new development will be funded; capability is provided for products that have demonstrated manufacturing readiness level >4.
Response Deadline: 11.08.2023
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.
Response Deadline: 08.26.2021