LEARN. LAUNCH. FLY.

Mtech's Mission

    The mission of the Maryland Technology Enterprise Institute (Mtech), a unit of the A. James Clark School of Engineering at the University of Maryland, is to:

    • Educate the next generation of technology entrepreneurs;
    • Create successful technology ventures; and
    • Connect Maryland companies with university resources to help them succeed.

    Mtech has built a comprehensive entrepreneurship and innovation ecosystem at the University of Maryland. Its programs arm top students from around the world with the knowledge of how to successfully launch companies and guide aspiring and existing entrepreneurs through the entire lifecycle of launching and maintaining technology-based ventures.

    Read more about Mtech >





    < MTECH

    Maryland Technology Enterprise Institute

    MARYLAND INDUSTRIAL PARTNERSHIPS

    ASPIRE is a grant program for undergraduate researchers working with Clark School faculty on projects with commercial potential

    ArtIAMAS-MIPS Program

    ArtIAMAS-MIPS Program
    Funding for Collaborative R&D in Robotics and Smart Devices

    The ArtIAMAS-MIPS Program offers grants for collaborative research projects between U.S.-based companies and faculty from the University of Maryland, College Park or the University of Maryland Baltimore County in the broad areas of robotics, systems, and smart devices that work intelligently in cooperation with each other and human actors across multiple domains. The Pilot Phase of the program is now open and includes up to $100,000 per year for each project, for up to two years, with all funding going to participating university faculty. The Demonstration Phase is slated to open in the Fall of 2022 with up to $1,000,000 per project, with funding going to participating companies and faculty.

    Introduction

    The Maryland Industrial Partnerships (MIPS) Program is participating in ArtIAMAS: AI and Autonomy for Multi-Agent Systems. ArtIAMAS is a cooperative agreement between the U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL) and the University of Maryland that supports and stimulates the advancement of science and technology in robotics, systems, and smart devices that work intelligently in cooperation with each other and human actors across multiple domains.  ArtIAMAS-MIPS projects are three-way partnerships between (1) private sector companies that wish to pursue collaborative research of interest to the ARL ArtIAMAS program, (2) ArtIAMAS-eligible faculty from the University of Maryland College Park (UMD) and the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC), and (3) an ARL researcher. For more information on ArtIAMAS research, see artiamas.umd.edu.

    Any U.S.-based company is eligible to participate in ArtIAMAS-MIPS.

    Partner Company Incentives

    • Opportunity to have university researchers work on technologies of interest to the company
    • Opportunity to receive funding for robotics and smart devices R&D (Demonstration Phase only)
    • Option to license commercial rights to new intellectual property developed by university researchers during the project, subject to Federal government purpose rights
    • Retain commercial rights to new intellectual property developed by partner company personnel during the project, subject to Federal government purpose rights
    • Bring company technologies/products to ARL's attention

    The research areas of the ArtIAMAS program include:

    1. Autonomous Planning and Navigation
    2. Models, Tools, and Processes for Design, Test, and Verification
    3. Machine Learning for Energetic Materials Research
    4. Securing Connected Vehicles, Soldiers, and Platforms in Contested Environments
    5. Multi-agent Distributed Scene Perception and Situational Awareness
    6. Human-Machine Teaming
    7. AI-Enabled Decision Making in Multiple Domains

    The ArtIAMAS-MIPS program includes both Pilot Phase and Demonstration Phase projects (see navigation links, above). Participation in the Pilot Phase of ArtIAMAS-MIPS will position company partners well for participation in the Demonstration Phase, although the Demonstration Phase projects are not limited to Pilot Phase participants. 

    Note that (1) the ArtIAMAS-MIPS program does not guarantee confidentiality of submitted proposals, (2) awards will be made on a competitive basis, and (3) the terms of the ArtIAMAS-MIPS program are subject to change.

    Pilot Phase ArtIAMAS-MIPS Program

    Funding Model

    University project costs are borne entirely by the ArtIAMAS-MIPS program. Company partners are not required to contribute to the university project costs. Company partners are required to contribute in-kind effort toward the project, typically in-house effort within the company.

    Schedule

    For best consideration, pilot phase pre-proposals should be received by March 1, 2022, with projects to start May 1, 2022.

    Applying

    The university faculty principal investigator (P.I.) and the company will jointly submit a proposal to the ArtIAMAS-MIPS program, as described below.

    Each proposal must also have an ARL collaborator. The role of the ARL collaborator is to validate interest in the project and to help shape the project. The ARL collaborator will not actively take part in conducting the project R&D tasks.

    The process of finding an ARL Collaborator for the project should be done by the university faculty P.I.; the company should not contact ARL personnel directly to search for an ARL collaborator.

    The partner company will be required to make in-kind efforts equal to 35% of the university research project cost.  

    University project costs will be limited to a maximum of $100,000 per project phase (including overhead), for up to two project phases (each project phase is nominally a one-year effort). Shorter projects may be allowed in some cases. A shorter proposal and a new approval will be required for a second project phase. Budgets greater than $100,000 may be considered, if well-justified. The full university budget amount will be covered by the ArtIAMAS-MIPS program.

    ArtIAMAS-MIPS Pilot Phase Pre-Proposal

    Applications begin with a brief summary of the proposed project. It should be submitted by email to artMIPS@umd.edu. The pre-proposal needs to include:

    1. Project Title and Date of Pre-Proposal
    2. University principal investigator contact information
    3. Company project manager contact information, including name/address of company
    4. ARL collaborator contact information
    5. Brief (1 paragraph) description/abstract of the project
    6. Anticipated duration of the project
    7. Total budget for the university project
    8. Whether there is pre-existing intellectual property, and if so, explain

    Full Proposal

    If the pre-proposal is approved to move forward to a full proposal, a short format, full proposal will be required. It should be submitted by email to artMIPS@umd.edu.  The full proposal needs to include:

    1. Project title and Proposal Date
    2. University principal investigator contact information
    3. Company project manager contact information, including name/address of company
    4. ARL collaborator contact information
    5. Brief (1 paragraph) description/abstract of the project
    6. Anticipated duration of the project
    7. Total budget for the university project
    8. The intended outcomes/impacts for ARL and for the company.
    9. Project roles of the university PI, the company, and the ARL collaborator
    10. Two-page technical description of the project
    11. Detailed university project budget
    12. Detailed company in-kind budget (minimum 35% of the university project budget)
    13. Task list and timeline  
    14. Pre-existing Intellectual Property: Does any exist? If so, give details, including patent numbers/titles and dates. Who owns the I.P.? How is it relevant both to the project and to the subsequent use/commercialization of project results?
    15. Export-controlled data or hardware: Will the project include any? If so, explain.
    16. Does the University P.I. have a potential conflict of interest? If so, explain.
    17. Letter of support from partner company, including commitment to in-kind effort.

    Evaluations and Awards

    Application evaluation criteria include whether the proposed project furthers ArtIAMAS technology goals and the potential impact on the company's commercialization efforts. 

    Projects selected for funding will be formalized with a written agreement between the university and the partner company.

    Reports

    The partner company and MIPS will receive a final report on the research project from the university P.I. The partner company will submit a final report to MIPS on its in-kind efforts and from its perspective on the overall project.  Additional reports, such as quarterly reports, may be required.

    Eligibility

    Companies must be U.S.-based. Faculty must be from University of Maryland College Park or University of Maryland Baltimore County. Faculty must be or become participants in ArtIAMAS.  For help with contacting the appropriate faculty to match with the company's research interests or for other questions, please contact the program by email to artMIPS@umd.edu.

    Demonstration Phase ArtIAMAS-MIPS Program

    The ArtIAMAS-MIPS Program Demonstration Phase, to be selected in Fall 2022, will include funding for company partners. Projects will be a three-way collaboration between university faculty (ArtIAMAS participants only), a company, and an ARL researcher. Projects are expected to include field robotics demonstrations of the results at U.S. Army facilities. Funding will flow from ArtIAMAS-MIPS to both the university researchers and to the company partners. The funding for each project will be in the range of $100,000 to $1,000,000, depending on the needs of the particular project, its potential value to the ARL ArtIAMAS program, and availability of funds.
     
    Participation in the Pilot Phase of ArtIAMAS-MIPS will position company partners well for participation in the Demonstration Phase, although the Demonstration Phase projects are not limited to Pilot Phase participants.

    Applying:

    The university faculty principal investigator (P.I.) and the company will jointly submit a proposal to the ArtIAMAS-MIPS program, as described below.
     
    If the company needs help finding an appropriate faculty partner to match with the company's research interests, please determine which of the Capability Research Areas (listed at artiamas.umd.edu) the company’s proposed project would belong to, and then send a brief description of the envisioned project, along with an indication of the appropriate Capability Research Area, by email to artMIPS@umd.edu
     
    Each proposal must also have an ARL collaborator. The role of the ARL collaborator is to validate interest in the project and to help shape the project.
     
    The process of finding an ARL Collaborator for the project should be done by the university faculty P.I.; the company should not contact ARL personnel directly to search for an ARL collaborator.
     
    Projects are expected to include field robotics demonstrations of the results at U.S. Army facilities.
     
    Company project costs will be limited to a maximum of 50% of the total project cost, i.e., the university project budget must be at least 50% of the total. In addition, companies are encouraged to provide cost share in the form of in-kind contributions to the project. Typical in-kind contributions are 10% of the company project cost for companies with 100 or fewer employees and 15% for larger companies. The in-kind contributions are not counted as part of the company project cost budget that is limited to a maximum of 50% of the total project cost, nor are they counted toward the total cost limit. In-kind contributions can be in-house efforts by the company toward the project and can include equipment loans to the university in support of the project. An equipment loan may be valued at the market rate for rental or lease for the period of the loan. The extent of the in-kind contribution will be a factor in the proposal evaluation process.
     
    The planned duration of the project should be one year.

    Pre-Proposal
    Pre-proposals, for best consideration, are due by August 26, 2022. Full proposals will be invited based on an evaluation of the pre-proposals. Projects are expected to begin in Spring 2023, with a 12-month duration.
     
    Pre-proposals submissions will take place through the main ArtIAMAS web page: artiamas.umd.edu.

    There is a Y3 Interest Form that should be submitted by the faculty Principal Investigator.
     
    The Y3 Interest Form is the pre-proposal portal. The last question of the interest form asks for an upload of the project description, which can be developed collaboratively by the faculty P.I. and the partner company. The pre-proposal project description (5 pages maximum) must adhere to the template, downloadable here.


    Full Proposal
    If the pre-proposal is approved to move forward to a full proposal, a short format, full proposal will be required. Full proposals will consist of the pre-proposal, possibly with some modifications, plus a detailed budget and budget justification.

    Proposal Data
    Export controlled information should not be included in the proposal. ArtIAMAS-MIPS cannot guarantee confidentiality of proposal materials.

    Evaluations and Awards:

    Application evaluation criteria include whether the proposed project furthers ArtIAMAS technology goals and the potential impact on the company's commercialization efforts.
     
    Projects selected for funding will be formalized with a written agreement between the university and the partner company.

    Reports:

    Monthly financial, quarterly technical, year-end financial reports, and annual capability evaluations to ARL are required as indicated in the formal written agreement for each project.

    Eligibility:

    Companies must be U.S.-based.  Faculty must be from University of Maryland College Park or University of Maryland Baltimore County.  Faculty must be or become participants in ArtIAMAS.