Learn more and get involved with ARM’s efforts to mitigate the COVID-19 pandemic
ARM COVID-19 Technology Project Call – Summer 2020
On June 29, ARM released a new Technology Project Call soliciting proposals for COVID-19 related projects. As the COVID-19 pandemic has changed, our nation’s needs in the manufacturing and robotics sectors have also rapidly evolved. This project call seeks to address the most urgent areas of need using new topic areas and criteria with an emphasis on tangible and timely results. This Project Call will operate on an abbreviated timeline with proposals due on July 13 and an anticipated project period of performance start date on August 20, 2020. Download the project call and the corresponding templates below.
While our Project Call is publicly available, you must be an ARM Member to submit a proposal. Email [email protected] to learn more about membership.
Project Call Templates
ARM COVID-19 Efforts
This page will be updated periodically as we learn about funding opportunities related to COVID-19. In spring, ARM Members participated in a NIST call for technology and workforce proposals related to mitigating COVID-19. The call for these proposals closed on April 20, 2020 and, despite the short turnaround time, we received more than 70 highly competitive project proposals. More than half a dozen ARM staff and our government partners worked to thoroughly review these proposals using the articulated NIST criteria: Rationality and Merit, Potential Immediate Impact, Resources, and Budget. From this project call, a technology project from ARM Member Wilder Systems was selected for funding.
Interested in receiving more updates about COVID-19 and learning more about funding opportunities? Email [email protected] to join and become part of this important effort to secure our nation’s future through innovations in technology and workforce development.
Defense Community Infrastructure Pilot Program (DCIP)
This is an opportunity to obtain funding from the Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA) to assist States and local governments, and not-for-profit, utility services in addressing deficiencies in community infrastructure supportive of a military installation under the Defense Community Infrastructure Pilot Program. Learn more here.
Education & Workforce Development Funding Opportunities
Training our workforce and supporting economic development and recovery will be critical in the aftermath of COVID-19. Outlined below are number of federal funding opportunities to help to support these efforts.
FY 2020 Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance Notice of Funding Opportunity (FY20 PWEAA NOFO)
EDA provides strategic investments on a competitive merit basis to support economic development, foster job creation, and attract private investment in economically distressed areas of the United States. Under this NOFO, EDA solicits applications from applicants in order to provide investments that support construction, non-construction, planning, technical assistance, and revolving loan fund projects under EDA’s Public Works program and EAA program (which includes Assistance to Coal Communities). Grants and cooperative agreements made under these programs include CARES Act funds and are designed to leverage existing regional assets and support the implementation of economic development strategies that advance new ideas and creative approaches to advance economic prosperity in distressed communities, including those negatively impacted by changes to the coal economy. Learn more here.
Education Stabilization Fund-Rethink K12 Education Models Grants (ESF-REM Grants)
This program from the US Department of Education provides support to State educational agencies (SEAs) in States with the highest COVID-19 burden to address specific educational needs of students, their parents, and teachers in public and non-public elementary and secondary schools in accordance with section 18001(a)(3) of the CARES Act. Learn more here.
The Education Stabilization Fund-Reimagining Workforce Preparation Grants(ESF-RWP Grants)
These grants provide support to help States leverage the power of entrepreneurship to create new educational opportunities and pathways that help citizens return to work, small businesses recover, and new entrepreneurs thrive. These programs also build new capacity within the state to offer short-term post-secondary programs that are responsive to the needs of individuals to more rapidly adapt and evolve to ever changing workplace and community needs. This funding opportunity is offered under section 18001(a)(3) of Division B of the CARES Act. Learn more here.
Additional COVID-19 Resources
Crowd-Sourcing Regional Information
ARM Members – use the Regional Collaborative Groups within the ARM Member Community under the Group Tab to share regional COVID-19 related resources.
Congress recently passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Click here for a guide to the programs and other resources that will be provided to business through the CARES Act.
U.S. Disaster Response Registry
Registering through the U.S. Disaster Response Registry can make your organization more readily available to help with urgent COVID-19 related requests from the government. Click here to learn more about registering.
Click here to learn more about selling or donating personal protective equipment (PPE) to FEMA.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Click here for the most up-to-date information about CDC best practices, including cleaning, social distancing, and others, for COVID-19.