2020 CTMA Technology Competition

The National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (NCMS) and the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Defense for Materiel Readiness are pleased to announce that the CTMA Technology Competition will be returning this year with an award of 50k to the winner for an NCMS managed year-long demonstration project at a government facility.  NCMS is accepting submissions now. The deadline for submissions is May 29, 2020.

The six finalists will be announced on Friday, June 12.

Finalist presentations date and format to be determined.

Key Dates

Submission Due: 5/29/2020
Notification of the six finalists: 6/12/2020
Finalist Presentations: TBA


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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.