Project calls fulfill one of the Institute’s primary goals: fostering technology innovation and commercialization.
Project Call 4.0 (PC 4.0) focuses on areas identified in the Flexible Hybrid Electronics (FHE) Roadmap developed by NextFlex Technical Working Groups. This roadmap is developed by industry, government, nonprofit, and academic subject matter experts, and reviewed by the Institute’s Technical and Governing Councils. It circles back to identify gaps where the MRL lags other aspects of the FHE system.
A wide range of topics comprise this latest project call. Specifically, the six Manufacturing Thrust Area and three Technology Platform Demonstration topics for PC 4.0 are:
|Manufacturing Thrust Area||Technology Platform Demonstration|
Through this project call, NextFlex will award multiple projects at a total value expected to exceed $11 million, including approximately $5.5 million in government funding.
Full details on submitting a proposal, all supporting documents, and the submission form can be found in the Project Call Reference Documents section on this page.
|Project Call Announcement and Posting||8/6/2018|
|Optional Project Call 4.0 Webinar||8/7/2018|
|Pre-Proposal Online Cover Sheet Due||9/25/2018|
|Pre-Proposal Submission Deadline||10/2/2018|
|Full Proposal Online Cover Sheet Due (if invited to submit full proposal)||1/8/2019|
|Full-Proposal Submission Deadline||1/15/2019|
|Anticipated Technical Council Review||2/12/2019|
|Anticipated Governing Council Review||3/1/2019|
Project Call 4.0 Webinar
On August 7, 2018, NextFlex hosted a webinar to review submission procedures and topics, and to answer questions regarding this latest project call.
Manufacturing Readiness Level (MRL) Webinar
On May 2016, NextFlex hosted a webinar on MRLs, including MRL background, classifications/substantiation, and how they can be used within NextFlex Project Call proposals.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long are projects expected to take?
Past projects have ranged from 9-24 months. The average is 16 months. Quicker execution of deliverables will be given priority.
Does scalable necessarily refer to high volume manufacturing? For example, is there an interest in soft robotics that are low-volume/customized?
While applications and soft robotics are not cookie-cutter type examples, the capability should exist to be produced in a cost-effective and easily replicable manner, e.g., not hand assembled. The definition of “scalable” can be answered individually as it pertains to soft robotics and certain projects.
How are costs expected to be shared among partnering companies?
The aggregate of the cost share must meet the requirements. The distribution of the elements between the members of the proposal team is to be determined by the proposing team itself.
What are the expected sources of the matching funds?
Cash or in-kind from participating organizations, companies, and other backers are all acceptable. There are organizations within states that have funds available for this purpose. Guidelines for reasonable forms of cost share are available in the Reference Documents section on this page “Cost Share Definitions and Guidance.” Still unsure? Contact NextFlex.
Proposals for PC3.0 are no longer being accepted. For updates regarding this and future Project Calls, please click the “Sign Up for Updates” section at the bottom of this page.