Opportunities

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.

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Product Accelerator for Functional Fabrics (PAFF)

This is the information on PAFF 1.0, AFFAO is will be releasing PAFF 2.0. Please use the page below to learn about the program and send any questions to mail proposals@affoa.org

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.

 

Non-AFFOA Members, please complete this form to access a recording of the October 12th PAFF Webinar.

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 proposals@affoa.org by 5:00 PM PST on November 8th, 2023.  

Full proposals should be submitted via email to proposals@affoa.org by 5:00 PM PST on December 12th, 2023.  

About AFFOA:  

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 toRekindle 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 membership@affoa.org.

*No new development will be funded; capability is provided for products that have demonstrated manufacturing readiness level >4.

Response Deadline: 11.08.2023

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M2I2 Equipment Funding Opportunity
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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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