2021 CTMA Technology Competition

NCMS and the CTMA Program seek to support the National Defense Strategy by shining a spotlight on transformative maintenance and sustainment capabilities. The CTMA Technology Competition provides an opportunity for both commercial and government sources to showcase innovative ways of making maintenance and sustainment operations more agile, effective, efficient, and affordable. The review and selection process will be overseen by top DOD maintenance leaders, providing great exposure to the top 6 finalists as well as the two winners. 

Submissions are encouraged by the government, academia, and industry.  The submission period is now open. The deadline for submissions has been extended to Friday, October 15, 2021. 

The top six candidates will present their innovative solutions on December 8, 2021, via a virtual platform, to a collection of high-level DOD maintenance and sustainment personnel. During that event, an overall award winner and a People’s Choice award winner will be named.  



NCMS will make available $100,000 in project support funding.  The overall award winner and the People’s Choice award winner will each be awarded $50,000. This funding will go toward a selected DOD demonstration activity, to the extent permitted under the existing CTMA cooperative agreement. 

Key Dates

Submission due: 10/15/2021
Notification of the six finalists: 11/01/2021
Finalist presentations: 12/08/2021


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Submission Requirements

Submissions for the CTMA Technology Competition should include an abstract (300-500 words, 500 words maximum) and quad chart and be focused around a maintenance-related technology. Abstracts must contain the following to be eligible for consideration:

  • A problem statement describing what problem the technology is meant to solve
  • A description of the technology
  • The current development status of the technology
  • Test/simulation data supporting performance claims
  • Next steps/potential benefits

Note: All submissions will be published online and in print.  By submitting, you are authorizing release to the public and that the submission has been vetted for public viewing and does not contain proprietary or confidential information.

Scoring Criteria

Submissions will be judged based on the following criteria:

  • Maintenance relevance/impact: How much does it impact maintenance? Does it improve the efficiency and/or effectiveness of current maintenance practices (e.g. cost, safety, cycle time, necessary manpower, readiness, etc.)?
  • Originality/contribution to the state-of-the-art: How original or innovative is it?
  • Avoidance of commercialism: Does it describe a technology and how it will improve maintenance, or does it attempt to market the organization?
  • Technical maturity: How mature or ready is the technology? Has it been prototyped or successfully demonstrated?
  • Cross-service applicability: Is it potentially applicable to all service branches of the military and the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA)?
  • Feasibility/practicality: How viable would it be to transition the technology for use by the Department of Defense (DOD)? Considerations include DOD maintenance needs, needs of specific DOD programs, implementation, the readiness level of the technology, and the strength/validity of test or simulation data supporting performance claims.