The Maintenance Innovation Challenge Goes Virtual – Submit Now!

Announcing two firsts – The Maintenance Innovation Challenge goes virtual and $50K is on the line for the winner.

The call for innovations is now open – don’t be left out – take action today. The Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Materiel Readiness challenges you to submit your game-changing ideas that could significantly improve weapon system and equipment availability. The competition is open to more than just novel technologies and could include unique collaborative business relationships, resourcing strategies, business processes, production processes, and any other transformative capability that has the potential to make maintenance and sustainment more agile, effective, efficient, and affordable. The review and selection process provides great exposure as the top six innovations and the final winner are determined by senior DOD sustainment leaders.

On December 7, 2020, the top six candidates from the Maintenance Innovation Challenge (MIC)  will present their solutions virtually to maintenance and sustainment communities.  Make sure you compete – submit your abstract today. Additionally, all who submit a qualifying abstract and quad chart will be published in the increasingly popular MIC magazine.

The MIC is stepping up its game once again. In addition to the top MIC winner receiving high profile DOD-wide recognition and a striking trophy, the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences has committed to support the demonstration of the winner’s innovation in a selected DOD activity by making available $50,000 and necessary in-kind labor to the associated commercial technology provider, to the extent permitted under the existing Commercial Technologies for Maintenance Activities Cooperative Agreement.

Abstracts are encouraged by the government, academia, and industry. To read full competition details or to submit an abstract to the MIC, visit The submission deadline is Friday, October 2, 2020.

Note: Reference herein to any non-federal entity, process, service or technology does not constitute or imply endorsement, recommendation or favor by the Department of Defense or U.S. Government.