DoD to Award $100M to Launch Integrated Photonics Manufacturing Institute
October 22nd, 2014 by Rebecca Todd
The Obama Administration has announced a new competition that will award more than $100 million to launch a new Institute for Manufacturing Innovation focused on Integrated Photonics.
The aim of the institute will be to develop an end-to-end photonics “ecosystem” in the U.S. and support national research and development efforts that include integrated design tools, assembly and test, and workforce development in the photonics research area. This funding will be administered by the Air Force Research Laboratory and the formal request for proposals is expected to be released in early November.
This will be the sixth IMI to be launched under the Obama Administration and the fourth administered by the Department of Defense.
In order to qualify for this funding, the DOD will require a 1:1 match in private funds by the awardee. The total funding commitment per awardee will be over $200 million, which is the largest investment in an Institute for Manufacturing Innovation to date. According to the White House, the large federal funding commitment is related to the complexity of this technology, its importance to national security, and its revolutionary potential.