White Paper Submission Deadline: Friday, March 31, 2017 (via email to contact@lightMAT.org)
To accelerate innovation and adoption of new lightweighting technologies for on-highway vehicles, the LightMAT consortium is overseeing a directed funding assistance for interested industry partners to use unique materials capabilities at national laboratories.
Directed Funding Assistance will allow industry partners to identify a specific, non-powertrain application for vehicles that would directly benefit from an advanced material or manufacturing process to enable significant weight reduction. Interested organizations are encouraged to prioritize and submit white papers addressing only their most pressing lightweighting needs.
To apply, industry partners will submit a concept white paper that identifies the technical challenge and capability need that LightMAT can provide. All submissions should be no less than three and no more than six pages in length. Required criteria for white paper submissions include:
- Introduction (brief overview of project)
- Impact of Vehicle Weight Reduction (30% of total score)
- Appropriateness of Government Funding (35% of total score)
- Opportunity for Market Impact (35% of total score)
- Budget and Timeline
Papers will be reviewed and scored by LightMAT with final project approval and funds authorized to the national laboratories by DOE. LightMAT anticipates three to five funded projects as part of this initial call. Project terms are limited to no more than two years with up to $300,000 per project.* All projects will be subject to DOE reviews and reporting requests.
The white paper template and detailed criteria for LightMAT Directed Funding Assistance are also available as a bundled zip download here.
- White Paper Submission Deadline: Friday, March 31, 2017 (via email to contact@lightMAT.org)
- Selection Decision: Friday, May 5, 2017 (updated)
- Project Kickoff: Thursday, June 01, 2017
*Federal funds allocated to DOE national laboratories for providing LightMAT resources only, subject to available LightMAT budget. Industry cost share ≥ 50 percent.