JCATI has issued a request for proposals for its Washington Aerospace Research Program (WARP). WARP (previously the Joint Industry-University Research Program) awards must be related to aerospace innovation, and may include, but are not limited to: computing, composite materials for aerospace, aviation biofuels, manufacturing efficiencies, aerospace propulsion and power systems, automatic control, and innovative aerospace manufacturing technologies. An estimated $1.2 million in award money will be distributed with individual award amounts averaging $100,000.
Eligible applicant organizations are the University of Washington, Washington State University and other public four‐year institutions of higher education as defined in RCW 28B.10.016. Principal investigators and co-investigators must be employed by the applicant organization. Principal investigators must meet their employer’s requirements for such status.
Preference will be given to projects leveraged by funding or in-kind support from outside of JCATI and which have a high probability of transitioning new technologies to industry in Washington State. Leverage could be provided through co-investment by other parties, especially those representing the Washington State aerospace industry, but also government agencies, foundations, investors, corporations, or the applicant organization itself. JCATI funding could augment the principal investigator’s current industrially-sponsored research.
Industry partners who are interested in collaborating in JCATI supported research projects should contact university staff directly or JCATI to find possible research partners.
WARP proposals will be evaluated on the following criteria: technical merit; relevance to the aerospace industry in Washington State; matching funds, including in‐kind support, from industry; and feasibility of work being completed by June 30, 2015. To be considered for review for WARP funding, applicants must first send a letter of intent to JCATI no later than January 24, 2014 at 5:00 PM (PST). WARP proposals are due no later than March 17, 2014 at 5:00 PM (PDT). An announcement of funded research is anticipated to be made in April 2014. Successful proposals will commence in July 2014. For additional information please see http://www.jcati.org/funding/jcati.