Partner With DoD ManTech

The Department of Defense’s Manufacturing Technology (DoD ManTech) community is always looking for opportunities to engage with potential new partners and the general public.  Along with exploring particular resources across this website, the major opportunities to engage with the DoD ManTech community are listed below. 

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Frequently Asked Questions
1. How can companies and researchers do business with the DoD ManTech Programs?
Companies and researchers can engage with the DoD ManTech Programs by participating in the government-only call for proposals released annually by the Army, Navy, Air Force, Defense Logistics Agency, and Office of the Secretary of Defense Manufacturing Technology Programs. These projects are executed by engineers and scientists across the DoD Lab Enterprise, with contracts managed by the project team's Command. The best way to participate is to be engaged with the labs, Arsenals, and Warfare Centers within the DoD research and development network, as these organizations identify emerging technologies and manufacturing challenges. For more information on the proposal process and how to engage with each DoD ManTech Service and Agency, visit their respective DoD ManTech pages.
2. How can industry, government, academia, and nonprofits network with the DoD ManTech community?
To network with the DoD ManTech community, you can participate in the annual Defense Manufacturing Conference (DMC). This conference brings together over 1,700 participants from 790 top government and industry organizations to communicate and collaborate on policies, strategic direction, best practices, funding opportunities, and the latest innovations in support of defense manufacturing priorities. The event offers great networking opportunities, with attendees ranging from CEOs and Flag Officers/Senior Executive Service-level officials to working-level manufacturing-oriented engineers, scientists, and business practice/policy makers. Over 160 exhibits showcasing government and industry manufacturing initiatives are also displayed at the conference.
3. How can industry, government, academia, nonprofits, and students engage with the DoD Manufacturing Innovation Institutes?
To engage with the DoD Manufacturing Innovation Institutes (MII), interested parties can take advantage of the individual public-private partnerships established by each MII. These institutes bring together large and small domestic manufacturers and designers to pool their risk and advance manufacturing technologies, with cost-sharing by the Federal Government. The goal is to accelerate the delivery of defense-relevant and commercially-promising technologies. Each MII provides access to world-class pilot manufacturing facilities, education, and workforce development activities to foster a robust and sustainable innovation ecosystem in specific technology areas. For more information on each MII and how to get involved, visit the respective pages for each institute.
4. Where can I find more information on upcoming Defense Manufacturing Conferences and DoD ManTech initiatives?
For more information on upcoming Defense Manufacturing Conferences (DMC), you can visit the official DMC website at DMC 2023 ( and to read more anbout DoD ManTech initiatives click here for our most recent gold book: Success Stories.
Additionally, following the DoD ManTech community on LinkedIn will help you stay connected with the latest news and updates.

Manufacturing Technology and Science Program

Manufacturing Innovation Institutes

America Makes Logo
America Makes strengthens U.S. capabilities in 3D printing and additive manufacturing.
National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute Youngstown, OH
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MxD Logo
MxD leads the nation’s research in applying cutting-edge digital technologies.
Manufacturing x Digital (formerly DMDII), Chicago, IL
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LIFT connects materials, processes, systems, and talent.
Detroit, MI
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AIM Photonics Logo
AIM Photonics accelerates development of the photonic integrated circuit industry.
American Institute for Manufacturing Integrated Photonics Albany, NY & Rochester, NY
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NextFlex Logo
NextFlex innovates electronic packaging & printing to produce flexible electronic products.
America’s Flexible Hybrid Electronics Institute San Jose, CA
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AFFOA accelerates widespread commercialization of highly functional fibers and fabrics.
Advanced Functional Fabrics of America Cambridge, MA
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BioFabUSA develops next-generation techniques for cell & tissue biofabrication.
Advanced Tissue Biofabrication Institute Manchester, NH
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ARM improves U.S. competitiveness through advancements in smart collaborative robotics.
Advanced Robotics Manufacturing Institute Pittsburgh, PA
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BioMADE is building a sustainable, domestic end-to-end bioindustrial manufacturing ecosystem.
Bioindustrial Manufacturing and Design Ecosystem St. Paul, MN
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See Returns from Advanced Manufacturing:
  • Manufacturing generates the highest community economic multiplier for jobs and GDP
  • Members compete for manufacturing project grants
Raise Your National Prominence:
  • Institutes provide a means to increase preeminence
  • Institutes converge regional members associated with next generation technologies
  • Clustering helps bring additional Federal grants
Grow a qualified Workforce:
  • Workforce development is a key objective at each institute
  • Deliver unique opportunities for regional students, using community colleges and universities
Attract Direct Investment:
  • Hub or node pilot facilities appeal to first adopters
  • Small businesses receive mentoring and become key suppliers as spin outs
DoD MIIs are innovation clusters comprised of numerous partners with a singular technology focus - all committed to building a convergence of expertise. Because these clusters contain all of the elements necessary for product realization (research, design, prototyping and production), they feed off each other’s success and become deeply entrenched locally and regionally. Clusters formed around advanced manufacturing facilities inherently persist due to the ability to accelerate product to market using a co-located supply chain. All this growth provides phenomenal opportunities to the region’s students and workforce. For example, the State of Massachusetts has pledged more than $100 million for partnering with manufacturing innovation institutes. The investment is in world class prototyping facilities, open to members of respective institutes and attractive to industry and academia.

“The DoD has needed a concerted effort focused on invigorating manufacturing capabilities for some time. These Manufacturing Institutes address this need and are now providing solutions that DoD  should be able to leverage for years to come.” - Dr. Nicholas Usechak, Government Program Manager, AIM Photonics

Strong Collaboration:
  • Collaborate with industry, academia, and government 
  • Collaborate to design & execute innovative apprenticeship & educational programs 
  • Roadmap future technology
License Research & Intellectual Property:
  • Create IP through institute funded research 
  • Utilize your own organization’s research 
  • Use the institutes’ state of the art facilities to further manufacturing technology
Foster Preeminence:
  • Enhance department reputation by providing employable students trained in line with industry needs 
  • Create content consistent with the latest technology
Solve Manufacturing Problems:
  • Create ecosystems that positively impact the U.S. economy 
  • Solve applied research problems faced by industry
Networking with the institutes is a unique method for universities, community colleges & other educational institutions to engage with and understand the needs of industry and government, so that targeted manufacturing research can be undertaken for the benefit of the institution, individual, and students. Cutting edge sponsored research enhances the reputation of the institution. For students, institutes provide opportunities for hands-on training, access to internships and apprenticeships, and increased connections to industry and jobs.

“The University of Connecticut is involved in five institutes in the Manufacturing USA network. A major benefit to our faculty is the opportunity to work closely with industry on relatively high TRL projects that have high impact in emerging technology areas in manufacturing.”-   Professor Michael Accorsi, Senior Associate Dean, University of Connecticut School of Engineering

High Value Collaboration and Facility Access:
  • Technology roadmapping 
  • Manufacturing pilot lines 
  • Extensive lab, testing, and prototyping equipment 
  • Industry apprenticeships
Supply Chain Multiplier:
  • Collaborative environment brings in new partners 
  • Co-location with much of your supply chain 
  • Small business incubators 
  • Network with industry, academia and DoD
New Capabilities and Markets:
  • Small business access to primes and vice versa 
  • Access to intellectual property 
  • Commercialize technology from federal laboratories Awareness of DoD requirements & future needs
Increase Performance and Returns:
  • Risk reduction through pooled R&D 
  • Participate in federally cost- shared R&D projects 
  • Develop cutting edge technology 
  • Better trained workforce
In the global marketplace, developing the next generation of advanced manufacturing capabilities requires the U.S. to encourage more collaboration between companies, customers and the government in order to conduct the pre-competitive applied R&D necessary for profitable commercialization. A modern ‘industrial commons’ is essential, where R&D facilities and key manufacturing information are available to U.S. companies of all sizes, allowing them to affordably develop their products for commercial or defense needs. The DoD MII network offers companies the ability to leverage pre-competitive R&D into the manufacturing processes that underpin these future product opportunities. They include materials and manufacturing R&D; product design and development; production capacity; visibility into new markets and manufacturing workforce training and education 

“Overall, Lockheed Martin has realized a very high return on its cost-sharing investments in the institutes,“ - Mr. Jeff Wilcox, Vice President for Digital Transformation at Lockheed Martin

Manufacturing Education Workforce Development

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Participate in the Defense Manufacturing Conference!

The DoD ManTech community participates in the Defense Manufacturing Conference (DMC) annually. The DMC is where over 1,700 participants from 790 of the top government and industry organizations get together to communicate and collaborate on policies, strategic direction, best practices, funding opportunities, and latest innovations in support of defense manufacturing priorities.

Average attendance splits between industry, government, with a smaller number from academia or non-profits. Attendees range from CEO- and Flag Officer/Senior Executive Service-level to working-level manufacturing-oriented engineers, scientists, and business practice/policy makers.

Over 160 exhibits showcasing government and industry manufacturing initiatives are displayed throughout the conference along with great networking opportunities.

Additional information on upcoming Defense Manufacturing Conferences is available here.

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