Maintenance Innovation Challenge

Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Defense – Material Readiness is pleased to announce the Maintenance Innovation Challenge. The submission period is now open. The deadline for submissions is Friday, October 2nd, 2020

Key Dates

Submissions Due:
Friday, October 2, 2020

Finalist Presentations:
DoD Maintenance Symposium


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Submission Requirements

Submissions for the Maintenance Innovation Challenge should include an abstract (300-500 words, 3000 characters 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.

Following the submission period, a panel of judges will determine the top 6 finalists who will be invited to present their submission to a live audience at the DoD Maintenance Symposium.

Scoring Criteria

Submissions will be judged based on the following criteria:

  • Maintenance relevance/impact: How much does it impact maintenance? Does it approve 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.