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We want you to secure America by joining our Inaugural Project Call!

The mission of SecureAmerica is to provide world-class leadership in securing the U.S. manufacturing and defense industrial base through applied research, education and workforce development (EWD), and technology transition. To help meet that mission, we want you to submit high impact proposals in response to the Inaugural Project Call, that was described during the Founding Members Meeting on Aug. 19, 2020. See more information below.

Inaugural Project Call Process

Membership in the SecureAmerica Institute is required to submit a proposal.
JOIN BY: Oct. 2, 2020


Request for Proposal Published

Technology areas and the project development process will be described during the Founding Members Meeting.

Aug. 19, 2020

SecureAmerica Task


Concept Paper Development and Submission

Briefly describe the what, how and why of the proposal.

DEADLINE: Sept. 4, 2020  (5 p.m. CST)

Member Task


Concept Papers Vetted

By project Selection Committee and down-select for full proposal.

Sept. 11, 2020

Member Task


Proposal Development and Submission

Use request for proposal instructions for preparation and submission.

DEADLINE: Oct. 2, 2020 (5 p.m. CST)

Member Task


Proposals Vetted

By project Selection Committee. Includes funding level recommendation.

Oct. 16, 2020

SecureAmerica Task


Winners Announced

Winners will be announced by email or phone. Then a two-week contracting process by the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station will begin.

ANNOUNCE: Oct. 19, 2020
ON CONTRACT: Nov. 2, 2020

SecureAmerica Task


Research Performed

Research occurs, with regular updates to members.

Six to nine months

SecureAmerica Task


Final Outcome

Project output pre-competitive intellectual property accessible to membership (owned by inventing organization).

Upon research completion


Inaugural Project Call Topic Summaries

Forecasting and Decision Support Systems (FDSS)

Manufacturing supply chains (SCs) have recently experienced tremendous stresses due to flus and pandemics, disruptive weather, supplier breakdowns, trade wars and other geopolitical events, cyberterrorisim, piracy, and IP theft. The COVID-19 pandemic is a stark example of today’s volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous environment and is reshaping manufacturing supply chains. This group of topics will explore new strategies for customer collaboration and decision support systems that are necessary for achieving more realistic forecasts for base demand (including artificial intelligence and machine learning) and for capturing the ability of the U.S. manufacturing supply chains to rebound from disruptions and inaccuracies.

Next Generation Supply Chain Resilience and Risk Mitigation Strategies (SCR2M)

Supply chain resilience can be strengthened by increasing the inventory levels of raw material, work in progress, and the final product; by adding manufacturing and/or storage capacity to improve manufacturing surge capability; and by increasing the number and ensuring the surge capability of suppliers of key materials or work in progress to mitigate potential supplier disruption. However, such risk mitigation techniques can be expensive. Competitive advantages will result if a firm’s supply chain resilience and agility are at a lower cost.  This group of topics will explore cost effective data analytics, risk mitigation strategies, methods for repurposing and modularizing existing manufacturing assets, cybersecurity, sensor fusion techniques, and design methodologies. 

Trusted Data, Products, and Processes (TDPP)

Industrial Internet of Things (IIOT), Industry 4.0, and smart manufacturing technologies are dependent on the ability to trust manufacturing and supply chain data.  As manufacturing becomes more distributed, supply chains become more diverse and globalized, and operational technology and information technology converge, manufacturers are being driven to develop holistic and harmonized approaches to security in order to operate and ensure their manufacturing processes and supply chains will produce the quality needed.  This group of topics will explore methods to characterize device behaviors, ensure secure 5G integration, ensure trusted data exchange between supply chain business entities, and system resiliency architectures. 

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