The U.S. Army Medical Research and Development Command (USAMRDC), and other customers, offers funding opportunities to MTEC members through solicitations called Requests for Prototype Proposals (RPPs). The RPPs offer MTEC members the opportunity to propose prototype technologies to the technology requirements in each solicitation’s sub-objective area. Active and Upcoming solicitations are listed below, as are the status of RPPs for which submissions have been received.
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“Military Prototype Advancement Initiative (MPAI)” Potential Topics of Interest for Upcoming Request for Project Proposals
Thank you to all that submitted by June 17, 2021 to the MTEC-21-06-MPAI Request for Project Proposals (RPP) entitled, “Military Prototype Advancement Initiative.” The 21-06-MPAI RPP is temporarily closed to allow for evaluations of already submitted enhanced white papers and is expected to reopen by the end of August 2021. For potential upcoming topics of interest, please see below. Please note that the focus areas are subject to change.
The upcoming MPAI RPP intends to solicit current MTEC members for a broad range of medical prototype technological and knowledge solutions related to the Focus Areas of Interest (also called “Focus Area(s)”) listed below. Proposed solutions may include medical techniques, knowledge products, and materiel (medical devices, drugs, and biologics).
- Focus Area #1: Prolonged Field Care
- Focus Area #2: Medical Readiness
- Focus Area #3: Emerging Technologies
- Focus Area #4: Maximizing Human Potential
- Focus Area #5: Applied Medical Robotics and Machine Perception and Intelligence Systems
In multi-domain operations, today’s operating force will be overwhelmed with casualties, the ability to evacuate will be limited, first responders and medics will struggle with limited resources and ability to achieve the “Golden Day”, resulting in operational units and commanders rapidly losing freedom of maneuver and combat effectiveness. Therefore, medical assets must be highly mobile and more dispersed (e.g., smaller, more modular medical units), Warfighters will require greater self-sufficiency and autonomy (e.g., may have more limited medical-related communications and re-supply), and there will be an increased cognitive and physical stress on Warfighters (they will need ways to maximize lethality and return to the fight quickly).
Unique Features of this upcoming RPP
MTEC will utilize a streamlined solicitation approach to award for this broad, multiple focus area RPP to solicit and fund a wide range of projects of varying scope and maturity levels under the MPAI. This solicitation mechanism has been implemented for the following reasons and has several unique features noted below:
- Increase information exchange between the MTEC membership and the military
- Provide feedback to the MTEC membership
- Establish an open window for the military to make awards
- Solicit for key areas to support achievement of the US Army Medical Research and Development Command (USAMRDC) strategic objectives
- Diversity in potential Sponsors
Enhanced White Papers submitted in response to this RPP shall meet the following minimum requirements:
- Support readiness and care in future battlefield scenarios
- Fit the prototype definition
- Minimum Knowledge/Technology Readiness Level (KRL/TRL) is at 3
- Focus on proposed solutions that have not been submitted to MTEC under previous RPPs within the past 2 years.
- Align to a Specified Focus Area of Interest
Potential Upcoming Focus Areas of Interest
**Please note that the following focus areas of interest are based on the previous 21-06-MPAI that closed on June 17, 2021. The topics listed have the potential for continued inclusion in the next MPAI when it opens. Please note that the focus areas are subject to change.
- FOCUS AREA #1: Prolonged Field Care (PFC): A primary emphasis in 2021 is to identify and develop medical techniques, knowledge products, and materiel (medical devices, drugs, and biologics) for early intervention in life-threatening battle injuries and prolonged field care (PFC). Because battlefield conditions impose severe constraints on available manpower, equipment, and medical supplies available for casualty care, there is a need for medical interventions that can be used within the battle area or as close to it as possible, before or during medical evacuation. Preferred medical techniques and materiel that can be used by combat medics must be easily transportable (i.e., small, lightweight, and durable in extreme environments and handling); devices must be easy to use and require low maintenance, with self-contained power sources as necessary. This focus area is also interested in solutions that include artificial intelligence (AI), with a focus on the employment of AI to support providing care at the point of need in remote and austere environments.
- FOCUS AREA #2: Medical Readiness: This area focuses on developing technologies that maximize medical readiness and provide mobile health solution sets for the modern Warfighter. Efforts may include diagnostics, treatments, AI-based advanced telehealth technologies, and training solutions to prevent or reduce injury and improve physiological and psychological health and resilience. This objective includes environmental health and protection including the assessment and sustainment of health and the operational effectiveness of Service members exposed to harsh operational environments including altitude, cold, heat, and exposure to environmental health. This focus area also includes medical readiness in response to infectious diseases encountered by service members during deployment and those that can significantly impact performance.
- FOCUS AREA #3: Emerging Technologies: This area is focused on the Multi-Domain Battle, an operational environment involving greater dispersion and near isolation over great distances, which is likely to cause severe restrictions on mobility for medical missions and shortfalls in both human and materiel human resources due to area denial challenges. Combat units will need to be more self-sufficient and less dependent on logistical support. Combatant commanders with increased sick or wounded Soldiers will face degradation of medical resources and encumbered combat effectiveness without new combat casualty management and Force multiplication strategies. This focus area is searching for emerging technologies that will increase medical mobility while ensuring access to essential medical expertise and support regardless of the operating environment.
- FOCUS AREA #4: Maximizing Human Potential: This technology area aims to develop effective countermeasures against military-relevant stressors and to prevent physical and psychological injuries during training and operations in order to maximize the human potential, in support of the Army Human Performance Optimization and Enhancement, Human Dimension, Multi-Domain Battle, and the DoD Total Force Fitness concepts.
- FOCUS AREA #5: Applied Medical Robotics and Machine Perception and Intelligence Systems: This technology area focuses on investigation of novel technologies and methods of applying robotics to augment medical capability and capacity in forward care settings. The specific technologies include machine perception and intelligence systems, and advanced motion planning and control of semi-autonomous robotics. The target applications include the use of tele-surgical robotics to extend the reach of remote surgeons, and robotic-assisted casualty monitoring, diagnostics, and intervention to assist local care providers in combat casualty care situations. This technology area also focuses on leveraging unmanned air and ground systems to provide standoff detection and remote assessment of combat causalities to facilitate rapid casualty extraction, and to provide emergency medical resupply to support field care when evacuation is not possible.
Potential Funding Availability and PoP
The funding amount and PoP for this upcoming RPP is unspecified (with the exceptions detailed below), and the number of awards is indeterminate and contingent upon funding availability. Selection of prototype projects is a highly competitive process and is based on the evaluation of the proposal’s technical merit, programmatic considerations, and the availability of funds.
MTEC membership is required for the submission of an Enhanced White Paper in response to this upcoming MTEC RPP. To join MTEC, please visit http://mtec-sc.org/how-to-join/
Point of Contact
Please direct your inquiries and correspondence to Dr. Gage Greening, MTEC Biomedical Research Associate, email@example.com