The Advanced Research Projects Agency Technology Reinvestment Project (TRP)
today published an announcement in Commerce Business Daily detailing plans for
the third TRP competition. The TRP plans to allocate $415 million of FY94 and
FY95 funding for this competition.
The competition will seek proposals in 13 technology development areas ($250
million available), as well as proposals for Regional Technology Alliances
($115 million available) and Manufacturing Education and Training efforts ($30
million available). Approximately $10 million has been allocated for Small
Business Innovation Research phase one proposals in the same 13 technology
areas; $10 million is available for phase two efforts that are continuations
from last year's selections. Cost-sharing and partnerships are required for
all programs except Small Business Innovation Research.
Regional Technology Alliances are designed to enhance regional industrial
capabilities in critical dual-use technologies. Manufacturing Education and
Training efforts retrain defense engineers and technicians for commercial
industries and reorient engineering education for the manufacturing industries
of the future. Funds in the Small Business Innovation Research program are
available only to small businesses proposing to determine the scientific or
technical merit and feasibility of a particular technology.
Twelve of the technology development areas were chosen for their defense
relevance and include technologies of interest to the Army, Navy and Air Force
and participating TRP agencies. The last category is "Other" to leave open the
possibility of additional areas which may have been overlooked by TRP. A list
of technology areas is attached.
The TRP plans outreach meetings across the country during the month of
November. Each meeting will conduct an overview of the competition areas, and
will hold detailed workshops on three of the technology development focus
areas. Interested participants will be able to choose whether to attend a
geographically convenient location for the overview, or to travel to the
location holding a specific workshop to learn about a particular technology.
Details of the meeting schedules are also attached.
As a new feature of this year's competition, participants interested in
technology development or Regional Technology Alliances are encouraged to
submit five-page concept papers with their proposal ideas by December 21. The
TRP will review each paper and provide the author with feedback on the quality
of the paper.
Concept papers are much less costly to prepare than full proposals. The
concept-paper process will allow potential proposers to make an informed
decision on whether or not to invest the time and money involved in preparing a
The formal solicitation is scheduled to be published in Commerce Business Daily
on February 3, 1995, with proposals due on March 17. The TRP hopes to announce
proposals selected for negotiation by June 1995.
Details of the competition will be included in a Program Information Package,
scheduled to be available in November.
The Technology Reinvestment Project is a Clinton Administration initiative to
integrate the commercial and defense sectors into a single, leading-edge
technology and industrial base. It is jointly implememnted by a collaboration
of six Federal agencies -- the Departments of Defense (Advanced Research
Projects Agency, Army, Navy, Air Force), Commerce, Energy, and Transportation,
the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and the National Science
Additional information on the new TRP competition, including the Program
Information Package, the outreach meetings schedule, and the formal
solicitation, will be mailed to all names on the TRP mailing list. The list
includes all individuals who submitted proposals in previous competitions, or
who have called 1-800-DUAL-USE and provided a name and address. Interested
participants who are not sure if they are on the mailing list are encouraged to
call 1-800-DUAL-USE or fax information to (703) 696-3813.
Media may obtain a copy of the Commerce Business Daily announcements and the
Program Information Package (when available) in room 2E765 of the Pentagon, or
by calling (703) 695-0192.
Other programs under the "Defense Reinvestment, Conversion and Assistance"
statutes are being competed separately by the Defense Department's Advanced
Research Projects Agency (ARPA), for a total program of $500 million:
MARITECH -- $40 million (FY95) for cooperative, cost-shared technology
development of advanced systems that will improve the manufacture, operation
and repair of ships, and for total ship design concepts having potential for
near-term entry into the commercial marketplace. (Proposals now being
Agile Manufacturing Pilot Program -- $30 million (FY95) to accelerate the
implementation of agile manufacturing concepts across a broad industrial base.
(Proposals now being accepted.)
Advanced Materials Partnerships -- $15 million (FY95) to reduce the cost of
components and devices manufactured from advanced materials and to demonstrate
the effectiveness of collaboration between U.S. industry, academic
institutions, state and local government and federal laboratories.
(Competition to be announced next month.)