The purpose of this Notice is to announce the U.S. Government’s intent to launch a competition for the sixth Institute for Manufacturing Innovation (IMI) and the fourth to be led by DOD. The technical focus area for this Institute will be Integrated Photonics. The planned government investment for this Institute – cost shared by at least 1:1 from the private sector – will be up to $110M. A Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) is anticipated to be released in early November 2014. An Offerors Day is planned for November 18, 2014 in Rosslyn, VA. It will be confirmed in the BAA release.
Integrated Photonics manufacturing advances the promise of unprecedented interconnection between electronics and photonics that will deliver previously unattainable performance in speed, density and power consumption. This performance capability is anticipated to quickly become differentiating for defense applications such as high-speed signal processing, electronic warfare, information transport and computation, sensing, imaging and targeting. Similarly, integrated photonics will provide critical components in many commercial applications, such as data centers, high performance super computers, autonomous driving, and equipment for drug discovery, clinical diagnostics, and many consumer products.
The President has already launched four Institutes: Additive Manufacturing (America Makes), Lightweight and Modern Metals, Digital Manufacturing and Design, and Power Electronics. Three of these 4 are led by DOD, with DOE leading the Power Electronics Institute. DOE is also in the acquisition stage for an Advanced Composites Institute. These Institutes are expected to bring together industry, universities and community colleges, federal agencies, and the states to accelerate innovation by investing in industrially-relevant manufacturing technologies with broad applications to bridge the gap between basic research and product development, provide shared assets to help companies access cutting-edge capabilities and equipment, and create an unparalleled environment to educate and train students and workers in advanced manufacturing skills. Each Institute will serve as a regional hub of manufacturing excellence, providing the innovation infrastructure to support regional manufacturing hubs and ensuring that our manufacturing sector is a key pillar in an economy that is built to last. This IMI will be expected to create an end-to-end ‘ecosystem’ in the U.S. for Integrated Photonics; including responsive domestic integrated photonics chip fabrication foundry access, integrated design tools, automated packaging, assembly and test, and workforce development.
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