LIFT To Launch $3 Million Hypersonics Challenge in Partnership with Department of Defense

Challenge to invite industry to provide solutions in materials and manufacturing of hypersonic vehicle systems

DETROIT – Attention: Organizations with advanced manufacturing/R&D capabilities and a need for speed: LIFT, the Detroit-based, Department of Defense-supported national manufacturing innovation institute, in partnership with the Department of Defense, is preparing to issue a major hypersonics development challenge for the U.S. manufacturing industrial sector.

Operating at speeds of Mach 5 or higher, hypersonic and counter-hypersonic vehicles are among the Department of Defense’s top priorities, including developing a safe and secure domestic supply base.

The Hypersonics Challenge is a call for project proposals on three specific topics dealing with the materials and manufacture of hypersonic vehicles, including:

  • Hypersonics Modeling & Simulation, including Integrated Computational Materials Engineering (ICME);
  • Advanced Manufacturing Methods for Quality and Production, and;
  • Advanced Manufacturing for High Temperature Composites.

Companies whose project challenge proposals are chosen will be provided up to $1 million for project development – not including cost-share, which is encouraged, but not required.

In the next several weeks, LIFT will announce a formal project call, which will include more details about the specific topics and proposal requirements.


LIFT, operated by the American Lightweight Materials Manufacturing Innovation Institute, is the Detroit-based, public-private partnership between the Department of Defense, industry, and academia, committed to driving American Manufacturing into the Future through Technology and Talent Development. LIFT funded in part by the Department of Defense with management through the Office of Naval Research. Visit or follow on LinkedIn at LIFT or on Twitter @NewsFromLIFT to learn more.