NextFlex Launches $14 Million Funding Round for Flexible Hybrid Electronics Innovations


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NextFlex®, America’s Flexible Hybrid Electronics (FHE) Manufacturing Institute, has released Project Call 6.0 (PC 6.0). The latest call for proposals seeks to fund projects that further the development and adoption of FHE while addressing key challenges in advanced manufacturing. The total PC 6.0 project value is expected to exceed $14.3M (project value/investment figures include cost-sharing), bringing the total anticipated investment in advancing FHE since NextFlex’s formation to $113M. 

Building off the success and maturity of past Project Calls, PC 6.0 is designed to be more open to a broader base of proposers while still focused on resolving advanced manufacturing challenges and closing the technical gaps in the FHE roadmap to commercialization. As FHE matures, an increasing emphasis is needed on highly reliable solutions. To address this requirement, PC 6.0 includes a focus on improving the reliability of FHE devices to enable further adoption into various vertical markets, such as automotive and defense. 

“Our Project Call funding process has always allowed us to overcome critical manufacturing issues collaboratively, but this round, especially, will allow us to widen the field to find even more brilliant problem-solvers,” said Malcolm J. Thompson, NextFlex Executive Director. “Project Call 6.0’s increased focus on reliability will allow us to more quickly achieve the commercialization of FHE devices in a variety of industries while meeting the DoD’s modernization priorities in the defense space.” 

Project proposals should include a plan for transitioning projects to the U.S. industrial manufacturing base while focusing on manufacturing challenges in these topic areas: 

  • High Performance and Multi-Layer FHE Devices
  • Improving the Reliability of FHE Devices
  • FHE Demonstrators for Monitoring Systems
  • Advanced FHE Materials Demonstrator
  • Closed-Loop Process Monitoring for Printed Component Manufacturing
  • Advanced FHE Modeling and Design Tools
  • System Development of RF/Microwave FHE Technology
  • Flexible Hybrid Electronics (FHE) for Highly Integrated and Compact Interconnects for RF Systems
  • Conformal / Flexible FHE-based Active mm-Wave Phased Array Apertures

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