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Incapacitation Prediction for Readiness in Expeditionary Domains: an Integrated Computational Tool (I-PREDICT) Force Health Protection Future Naval Capability (FNC) Project
This Request for Project Proposals (RPP) is focused on the development of an in silico, “skin-in” integrated finite element computational model of the Warfighter’s body that will predict immediate injury and near term functional incapacitation (reduction in the ability to move, shoot, and/or communicate) resulting from exposure to specific military hazards. This particular solicitation is focused on acquiring a finite element computational model of the thorax to predict injury and functional incapacitation from behind armor blunt trauma, as an initial step toward whole-body modeling of responses to a variety of military hazards.
The RPP solicits experimental and modeling proposals to advance the state of the art in prediction of injury due to behind armor blunt trauma (BABT) of the thorax, as an initial focused use case representing an operational military need. A previously developed computational model of the torso* will be made available to performers as a reference implementation, and as a baseline model subject to improvement. A performer will be expected to adapt the model through parameterization using new or alternatively sourced constitutive response data, validating BABT experiments resulting in kinematic and/or stress/strain data, and/or injury biomechanics data. Time and funding permitting, it is expected that the resulting model will be morphable to represent both male and female Warfighters across a range of sizes (5th to 95th percentile body size). Validating experiments of interest should prioritize high-powered antipersonnel rounds to the anterior and/or posterior surfaces of the torso. Any new experiments should provide clear differentiation from prior literature, pointing out specific knowledge gaps and specific improvements to biofidelity of thoracic modeling in a BABT context. In addition to updated constitutive properties, it is expected that the model developer will provide additional updates to the reference implementation to support biofidelity in a high-energy behind armor blunt trauma use case.
[*A description of the government-furnished computational model is available here. Please direct your attention to Section 4 of the document entitled, “Response and injury models to torso impacts,” for specific information related to this RPP. Other sections within the document are outside the scope of the current I-PREDICT program.]
Funding and Period of Performance: The U.S. Government (USG) currently has available approximately $850,000 for Fiscal Year (FY) 18. The period of performance is expected to start on March 1, 2018 (subject to change). A near-complete prototype must be ready for delivery to the Government by July 31, 2018. Awardees will have until September 30, 2018 to make final minor improvements to the prototype. Additional experimentation and modeling may be solicited in future funding years to continue to build an integrated finite element computational model of the entire Warfighter’s body to be used for injury prevention and treatment, medical response planning, and equipment design including tradeoff analysis among design parameters, validation, and testing.
Administrative Comments: Proposals are due no later than January 22, 2018 at noon EST.
PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING UPDATE 1/11/2018:
The National Defense Authorization Act of FY2018, became public law number 115-91 on 12/12/2017. The following revisions were made to 10 U.S. Code 2371b the Authority of the Department of Defense to carry out certain prototype projects:
(1) The Secretary of Defense shall ensure that no official of an agency enters into a transaction (other than a contract, grant, or cooperative agreement) for a prototype project under the authority of this section unless one of the following conditions is met:
(A) There is at least one nontraditional defense contractor or nonprofit research institution participating to a significant extent in the prototype project.
(B) All significant participants in the transaction other than the Federal Government are small businesses (including small businesses participating in a program described under section 9 of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 638)) or nontraditional defense contractors.
(C) At least one third of the total cost of the prototype project is to be paid out of funds provided by parties to the transaction provided by sources other than the Federal Government.
Due to the above changes, MTEC is issuing Amendment No. 01 to MTEC-18-01-I-PREDICT to add nonprofit research institution to sections 3.5 and 3.7. The MTEC Proposal Preparation Guide (PPG) and Warranties and Representations has also been updated and published on the MTEC Members Only site.
Please click here for the Amended RPP: Amendment 2_I-PREDICT_RPP_17Jan2018_Public Site Version
MTEC I-PREDICT Proposers Conference Reference Materials
I-PREDICT Proposers Conference Slides: I-PREDICT_Proposers’ Conference Slides_12Jan2018
I-PREDICT Proposers Conference Q&A: MTEC I-PREDICT Proposers Conference QA_17Jan2018
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