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Defense Manufacturing Community Support Program

The DMCSP is designed to support long-term community investments that strengthen national security innovation and expand the capabilities of the defense manufacturing industrial ecosystem.

The Defense Manufacturing Community Support Program (DMCSP) is authorized under Section 846 of Public Law 115-232. The program was developed in collaboration with the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Industrial Policy and the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering.

April 16, 2021 UPDATE – FFO now live for Fiscal Year 2021

The Federal Funding Opportunity for the FY21 Defense Manufacturing Community Support Program is now open! Click here for the full opportunity on grants.gov.  Complete proposals must be submitted through Grants.gov by 5 p.m. PDT on June 15, 2021.

The Office of Local Defense Community Cooperation held pre-proposal webinars on April 23rd and April 26th to review the goals and objectives of the Federal Funding Opportunity and answer questions from interested respondents. 

  • To view a recording of the April 23rd webinar, click here.
  • To view a recording of the April 26th webinar, click here.

For the Frequently Asked Questions document published on April 30th, click here.

Please note, the application process as follows:

  1. Your consortium must apply for and receive designation as a Defense Manufacturing Community.
  2. Upon receiving the above designation, you will be invited to submit a grant application for funding.

To learn more, please see the Federal Funding Opportunity.

For information on SAM and Grants.gov registration, please see OLDCC Competitive Proposal Instructions.

For updates about DMCSP, sign up here.

Fiscal Year 2020 Award Information

On September 17, 2020, the Department of Defense announced the award of six (6) grants totaling $25,000,000. These awards followed a competitive selection process culminating in the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment’s designation of six Defense Manufacturing Communities on August 16, 2020, and for the Office of Local Defense Community Cooperation to invite grant applications to strengthen the national security innovation base. The awards derive from Fiscal Year 2020 appropriated funding and leverage an additional $12.6 million in non-Federal funding for a total investment of $37.6 million to enhance critical skills, research and development, and small business support in order to strengthen the national security innovation and manufacturing base.

The grant awards are as follows:

1. The Artificial Intelligence in Metals and Manufacturing Consortium
State: PA/WV/OH
Artificial Intelligence for Additive Manufacturing    
            

$5,000,000 to Catalyst Connection to undertake a $6,250,000 project to strengthen defense manufacturing capabilities through an industrial production ecosystem that melds advanced metals and materials with artificial intelligence, additive manufacturing, and robotics. The Artificial Intelligence in Metals and Manufacturing Consortium will involve 30 entities across the Pennsylvania-West Virginia-Ohio region and build on existing manufacturing collaborations in order to upskill the regional workforce, familiarize manufacturers with new technologies, and spur innovation in these specialized sectors.

2. Ohio Defense Manufacturing Community
State: OH
Ground and Air Vehicle Parts/Assemblies

$5,000,000 to the Ohio Development Services Agency to undertake a $6,250,000 project through the Ohio Defense Manufacturing Community to offer Industry 4.0 technical assistance and workforce training for small- and mid-sized defense manufacturers, with a focus on the aerospace and ground vehicle sectors. This project will include leveraging the state’s existing Manufacturing Extension Partnerships and establishing new collaborations with educational facilities statewide in developing the Industry 4.0 workforce of the future.

3. Utah Defense Manufacturing Community
State: UT
Aerospace, Composites

$5,000,000 to the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development to undertake a $11,005,000 project to enhance the capabilities of the regional defense industrial ecosystem, with a focus on carbon composites and advanced materials. The project will include several initiatives to strengthen workforce development across the Utah Defense Manufacturing Community, including developing defense manufacturing apprenticeship programs and retraining workers displaced as a result of COVID-19.

4. California Advanced Defense Ecosystems & National Consortia Effort
State: CA
Microelectronics, Space, 5G

$4,900,000 to the California Governor’s Office of Planning and Research to undertake a $6,173,962 project to facilitate the California Advanced Defense Ecosystems & National Consortia Effort and enhance defense manufacturing in the state, particularly in the areas of microelectronics, 5G, and space. This effort will assist small- and mid-sized manufacturers develop a workforce capable of assessing opportunities and threats in these converging technology platforms.

5. Alabama Defense Advanced Manufacturing Community
State: AL
Modernization of Vehicles, Aviation and Missiles

$3,700,000 to the University of Alabama in Huntsville to undertake a $6,171,074 project to facilitate visibility, workforce training, and adoption of advanced manufacturing technologies in the region, with a focus on aviation, missiles, and ground vehicle systems. The Alabama Defense Advanced Manufacturing Community includes 22 counties in collaboration with several military installations with operations utilizing advanced manufacturing technologies, including Redstone Arsenal, Anniston Army Depot, Fort Rucker, and Maxwell-Gunter Air Force Base.

6. The Connecticut Defense Manufacturing Community Consortium (CDMCC
State: CT
Submarines, Vertical Lift

$1,400,000 to the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development to undertake a $1,750,000 project to enhance in-state defense prime vertical supply chains and bring Model Based Definition technology to each, in an effort to transform the supply chain from a 2-dimensional design and manufacturing platform to a 3-dimensional platform. The technology and processes developed through the Digital Model Initiative will provide a foundation for subsequent digital transformation initiatives in the defense manufacturing supply base.

The Defense Manufacturing Community Support Program is authorized by Section 846 of Public Law 115-232, which enabled the Secretary of Defense to establish a program to designate and support consortiums as defense manufacturing communities to strengthen the national security industrial base.

Contact: Michael Gilroy, michael.p.gilroy3.civ@mail.mil