Funding Opportunities

Funding 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. AFFOA seeks to fund revolutionary ideas, prototype development, and manufacturing advancements through open and on-going calls for proposal.  The Funding Opportunities page has been established to support a coordinated response to pressing needs by the US Government, that may have dual-use application, to which proposers may submit a brief proposal and budget in response to specific topics of interest.

Open Opportunities

Army Tactical Brassiere (ATB) Opportunity

We are seeking berry compliant manufacturers to produce 400 prototypes of new Army Tactical Brassiere (ATB) concepts for our partners at the US Army Combat Capabilities Development Command – Soldier Center (DEVCOM-SC) in preparation for a 2021 limited user evaluation. 

High-level information about the program is included below and more detailed requirements are outlined in the Statement of Work (SOW):  

  • ItemsArmy Tactical Brassiere (4 styles, one size in each) 
    • Style A: compression and padded combination cup sports bra with FR liner, structured seaming, mesh venting, adjustable G-Hook racerback straps, pullover/back closure and an inner pocket feature 
    • Style B: compression sports bra with lifting contoured seams, racer back straps, FR liner and a back closure 
    • Style C: compression sports bra with adjustable front panel and cross-back straps, contoured princess seams, an FR lining and a back closure;  
    • Style D: combination cup sports bra with adjustable G-Hook cross-back straps and back closure, contoured structured seaming, zippered front closure and FR lining 
  • Units100 per style, 400 total 
  • Delivery Date: September 3, 2021 
  • Quote Due: April 30, 2021 

If you have any questions and/or are interested in quoting against this effort, please reach out to proposals@affoa.org and we can provide additional information about the opportunity. All quotes must be received by April 30, 2021.

Statement of Work


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. 

Link to Solicitation: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=330319 

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.


Closed Opportunities

CTAPS Opportunity 1:

  • Project Title: 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
  • SOW: http://go.affoa.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/CTAPS-Standard-Layer-SOW-Updated1.pdf
  • 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.

US Army – RFI – Sources Sought

  • Topic #: EMSD-CCD-001-FY2020
  • Title: Camouflage Solutions Manufactured from Natural and Biosimilar Materials
  • Component: US Army
  • Original Response Date: Apr 10, 2020 11:00 pm EDT
  • Technology Areas: Fibers, Greige Goods, Colorants, Treatments and/or Coatings – and associated technologies
  • DESCRIPTION: The US Army CCDC-SC Expeditionary Maneuver and Support Directorate is seeking information on camouflage solutions manufactured from natural materials or biosimilar materials that may be used in whole or in part to create expeditionary camouflage solutions to support research and development efforts that would impact concealment performance of future military products.
  • Link: https://beta.sam.gov/opp/21d0bcacee114f75866e60d7b28b58cf/view?keywords=camo
  • Note: If interested in responding or collaborating with AFFOA on this RFI, please reach out to fundingopps@affoa.org.

Department of Defense SBIR

  • Topic #: OSD 193-002
    Title: Physiological monitoring garments
    Component: OSD
    Technology Areas: Materials / Processes
    DESCRIPTION: The world is rich in opportunities for active fabrics to improve training, enhance medical triage, sense and respond environmental factors, and provide care to victims. This topic seeks a fabric system that can monitor and report physiological and performance status. Measurements of interest include hydration level, blood oxygenation, core body temperature, heart rate variability, energy expenditure, hypothermia or shock measurements in fabric systems or other as defined.
    Link: https://sbir.defensebusiness.org/topics?topicId=307287

Department of Defense SBIR Topic

  • Topic #: OSD 193-001
  • Title: Fabric-based power generation and storage
  • Component: OSD
  • Technology Areas: Materials / Processes
  • DESCRIPTION: Many emerging technologies in textiles will require consistent, reliable, safe and potentially washable power sources. The development of energy delivery fabrics can greatly accelerate the delivery of new fabric technologies for applications from self-powered shelters to drop and charge fabrics. This topic produces a fabric system capable of generating, storing and/or supplying power to relevant, modern electronic systems.
  • Link: https://sbir.defensebusiness.org/topics?topicId=307287

Funding Opportunity #2

  • Project Title: 2019 Balaclava and Removable Facemask (A Cold Weather Head and Facial Protection Solution)
  • Project Sponsor: Office of Secretary of Defense (OSD), US Army, US Army Natick Soldier Systems Center
  • Brief Description: AFFOA in collaboration with the US Army Product Manager Soldier Clothing and Individual Equipment (PM SCIE) 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 Linkhttps://forms.gle/JdGAfj9PZLvcfsJe9
  • Attached Documents: Request for Proposal (RFP), Proposal and Budget Templates.
  • RFP: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1pJeEKWAgwQYF3FNxNaKQiuoCKHW87tbv
  • Proposal Templatehttps://drive.google.com/file/d/1ibrDt-jpVGpLxpsiHgG4vFiS2wpcdRze/view?usp=sharing
  • Budget Templatehttps://drive.google.com/open?id=11bfqlCM2VmtY2hQz4KZ5LcpYSFIASJeX

Event Opportunity #1

Event Title:  Ideation Workshop – Warfighter Wearable Sensors in Platoon Multi-Domain Urban Ready Operations (MDO):  Utility, Feasibility, Manufacturability

Summary: The US Army Combat Capabilities Command, Soldier Center’s (CCDC SC) collaborative Ideation Workshop with Government, Academia & Industry, hosted by the University of Massachusetts, Lowell (UML) and the 75th Innovation Command.  The purpose of this two (2) day event is to expose participants to; a variety of doctrinal and technical documentation to include information of the future threat challenges facing our Warfighters, videos portraying visualization of employed capabilities, and briefings on current  technology  efforts underway addressing some of these challenges.  Utilizing the UML Innovation Center, our Academic and Industry Partners, will work in teams to brainstorm and develop concepts for wearables sensors to maximize a Platoon’s lethality and improve human performance in MDO. 

Dates: 12-13 November 2019

Location: UMass Lowell, Lowell, MA

Seeking: Academia, Small/Large Businesses that can add to the Mission

Interested in attending? Please contact fundingopps@affoa.org

Please provide: Company Name, POC, Website, Overview Description of Company and Why you believe you should attend?

Aim of the Event: 

  1. Generate several ideas, concepts and capabilities for Platoon based wearable sensors to enable future developmental work, possibly leading to contract awards for S&T development
  2. Strengthen collaboration and partnership across the solider enterprise
  3. Enhance partnerships with academic institutions that conduct significant engineering that enhance CCDC SC mission so that we can leverage these capabilities.
  4. Increase and expand Industry and Academia knowledge of the Army’s priorities and future requirements and capability gaps that might be leveraged to accelerate government tech efforts

Funding Opportunity #1