The purpose of the Proposers’ Day is to familiarize potential proposers with the concept and vision for the Revolutionary Fibers and Textiles Manufacturing Innovation Institute (RFT-MII) and the associated technology needs. This Proposers’ Day is for informational purposes only and attendance is not a prerequisite for submitting a proposal. It will provide, however, a valuable opportunity for potential proposers to ask questions and receive answers regarding the solicitation. Participation is voluntary. There is no fee to attend, but registration is required. The Government will not reimburse the attendees for any cost associated with participation. In addition, the Government is under no obligation to award any related contract/agreement associated with this event. No members of the press may attend.
The vision for the Revolutionary Fibers and Textile Manufacturing Innovation Institute (RFT-MII) is to create a public-private partnership that will positively impact the Revolutionary Fibers and Textiles landscape in a manner that is effective, advances the state of the art and is built to last. The focus of this Institute will encompass defense as well as commercial applications. To start this process, the government will enter a five year co-operative agreement and provide federal funding up to $75 million to be matched or exceeded by funding from private industry and non-federal sources. After five years the RFT-MII is envisioned to become self-sustaining and be able to continue to add value to the domestic RFT area in perpetuity. Leadership of this Institute will be limited to independent U.S. non-profit industry and academic organizations.
The government believes that multiple industry and academic stakeholders may like to team up to participate. To facilitate teaming a LinkedIn site has been created.
Questions and Answers from Proposers' Day will be posted via an amended version of this FOA and will also be posted on www.manufacturing.gov .