This announcement is to solicit proposals in order to establish a Revolutionary Fibers and Textiles Manufacturing Innovation Institute that will serve as a public-private partnership between government, academia and industry to address the spectrum of manufacturing challenges associated with this technology, from design to end products. The Institute will provide an unprecedented capability to rapidly and flexibly produce end-item prototypes based on the use of validated computational design tools, a robust knowledge management system, and working within a collaborative infrastructure. These design tools and pilot manufacturing capabilities will be integrated to support manufacturing process improvements, maintain a community repository of design and performance data, and validation testing to improve current and develop new industry standards. The RFT-MII public-private partnership will be used to train a new workforce through educational outreach programs as well as workforce training and re-training to enable this new manufacturing sector of the U.S. economy.
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