Maintenance Innovation Challenge

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 6, 2021, 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 15th, 2021.

Key Dates

Submissions Due:
Friday, October 15, 2021

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.