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LIFT: Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow

LIFT: Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow

LIFT Fast Forge Technology Projects

The “Fast Forge” program at LIFT is designed to solicit exciting new lightweight materials project ideas and put teams together to rapidly develop and commercialize those new technologies.  There are two levels of “Fast Forge” project opportunities – one for large companies and one for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

The Two Levels of Fast Forge

  • Innovator: This level is designed specifically for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) to submit and lead a project, with academic support, to advance their technology.
  • Accelerator: This level is designed for larger companies and organizations to lead a project, with academics and SME partners, to move its technology forward.

Project Criteria

Project ideas can be submitted by completing the proposal form here beginning April 1 through June 1, 2019. The submissions will be evaluated by LIFT leadership and engineers based on:

  • Technological Merit
  • Technology MRL level
  • Program Timing
  • Funding Requirement or Total Project Value/Cost Share
  • LIFT Member Engagement
  • Planned use of the LIFT  High-Bay Equipment.

Each project in the Innovator and Accelerator categories are required to have a maximum $250,000 budget, one-to-one cost-share of funding, and be completed in a six-month timeframe. Non-LIFT members are eligible to submit project ideas, but companies must be (or become) a LIFT member to receive funding for a “Fast Forge” project.

Project Submission

To submit a project for consideration, follow the link below and complete the included forms.