2020 Maintenance Innovation Challenge is Open!

The 2020 National Defense Strategy contains an objective to establish an unmatched twenty-first century National Security Base that effectively supports operations and sustains security and solvency.  The Maintenance Innovation Challenge (MIC), an integral part of the 2020 DOD Maintenance Symposium, aligns well with this strategy.

Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Defense – Materiel Readiness is pleased to announce the Maintenance Innovation Challenge.

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.

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, NCMS will 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 CTMA Cooperative Agreement.

On December 7, 2020, the top six candidates from the MIC will present their solutions virtually to maintenance and sustainment communities.

Abstracts are encouraged by the government, academia, and industry.  The submission period is now open. The deadline for submissions is Friday, October 16th, 2020.

2020 Maintenance Innovation Challenge Memorandum from DASD(MR)