ARM Technology Project Call for Proposals Announced


Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM) Technology Project Call for Proposals Announced

 (May 17, 2018, Pittsburgh, PA) Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM) today issued a formal solicitation for a call for proposals for eight topic areas relative to advancing robotics technology. These topic areas are an extension of seven topic areas announced in October 2017, as well as a new topic area on software.  Detailed information about the project call can be found on the ARM Member Community and on the ARM public website at

The eight topic areas are:

  1. Topic 1: Identifying and Packing Objects
  2. Topic 2: Unloading and Unpacking Objects
  3. Topic 3: Transport and Delivery through a Complex, Crowded Floor
  4. Topic 4: Inspection of Non-standard Materials
  5. Topic 5: Tracking and Traceability of Components
  6. Topic 6: Surface Treatments
  7. Topic 7: Manipulating Compliant Materials Topic
  8. Topic 8: Software Interoperability (new topic area)

The proposal submission procedure is a two-step process with the following anticipated schedule:

Step 1: Concept Paper Submission:  5:00 PM ET, Jun 20, 2018

Step 2: Full Proposal Submission (by invitation only):  5:00 PM ET, Aug 29, 2018

Project requirements are as follows:

  1. Proposed projects must develop within Technology Readiness Levels (TRL) 4-7 and Manufacturing Readiness Levels (MRL) 4-7.
  2. Each project has a minimum of 1:1 cost sharing with deference to those with higher cost share.
  3. Projects must be industry-led and address an industry need.
  4. Projects must develop or integrate innovation.
  5. A typical project would be awarded $500K in federal funding over a one-year time period. Projects of $750K will be considered at 18 months with good justification. In addition, smaller project sizes and durations will be considered.

ARM may award up to $10M in federal funding for this proposal cycle. Note that only ARM active members can participate in project calls. Visit to learn about becoming a member.

About ARM

Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM) is the nation’s leading collaborative in robotics and workforce innovation.  Structured as a public-private partnership, we accelerate transformative robotic technologies and education to increase U.S. global manufacturing competitiveness. Founded in January 2017 in Pittsburgh, PA, and funded by the Department of Defense, ARM is part of the Manufacturing USA network. Learn more at

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