Calls for Innovation (CFIs)

Calls for Innovation 

Northrop Grumman is searching for partners that can help us meet the following key innovation needs. Below is a list of open and completed challenges. Click on the link for open challenges to see additional details of the challenge and submission process:

For All Organizations:

  • Erbium Doped Waveguide: This Challenge closed on March 22, 2017 and no winner was selected for this challenge.
  • Additive Manufacturing – This challenge closed on November 30, 2014. The winner of this challenge is Professor Debashis Chanda from University of Central Florida. A purchase order has been placed and we held a kickoff meeting April 2016.
  • Integration and Packaging of Electronic Components for Cryogenic Applications – This challenge closed on March 31, 2015 and no winner was selected for this challenge.
  • Automatic Probe Stations for Cryogenic Applications – This challenge closed on May 10, 2014. Northrop Grumman selected ARS & Micro Exact as the winning solution out of the numerous submissions we received. More details about the funding and the project’s status will be posted as we progress forward.

For Small Businesses and Suppliers:

  • High Speed Low Cost Backplane – This challenge closed June 24, 2016.
  • Compact High Power Laser Source for LIDAR – This challenge closed on August 20, 2015. Northrop Grumman selected Cybel, LLC as the winning solution out of the numerous submissions we received. Northrop Grumman has provided preliminary specifications to Cybel, LLC to further their idea. More details will be posted as their idea progresses.
  • Oscillating Heatpipe Analytical Corrections – This challenge closed on February 20, 2014. Northrop Grumman selected ThermAvant as the winning solution out of the numerous submissions we received. More details about the funding and the project’s status will be posted as we progress forward.
  • Agile Conformal Beamsteerer – This challenge closed on December 15, 2013 and no winner was selected for this challenge.
  • Detection of Small Arms Fire – This challenge closed on December 31, 2012. Of the 13 responses received during this challenge, Northrop Grumman has selected two finalists and is coordinating a live-fire test for each of the finalists. Northrop Grumman expects to purchase a system from the winner for further testing and collaboration.

For Universities:

  • Future Radar Capability Challenge – This challenge closed on December 7, 2012. The winner of this challenge is Professor Caleb Fulton from the University of Oklahoma. Northrop Grumman has given the University of Oklahoma a $75,000 Purchase Order in which Northrop Grumman will fund initial simulations and measurements of Fulton’s proposed concepts.
  • Future Radar Waveforms Challenge – This challenge is closed. The winner of this challenge is Professor Aydin Babakhani from Rice University. Northrop Grumman has given the Rice University a $25,000 Purchase Order in which Northrop Grumman is funding an initial demonstration of an LPI/LPD communications waveform effort based on using a coherent array of widely spaced (sub-10ps) impulse radiators.
  • Generic, Agent-based, Symbiotic Simulation for Real-Time Decision Support – This challenge is closed. The winner will be announced on this page.
  • Future Space Focal Plane Arrays Challenge – This challenge is closed. The winner of this challenge is Professor Krishna from the University of New Mexico. Northrop Grumman has given the University of New Mexico a $50,000 Purchase Order in which Northrop Grumman is funding an initial trade study and a device development effort based on Krishna’s proposed concepts.
  • Agile Conformal Beamsteerer – This challenge closed on December 15, 2013 and no winner was selected for this challenge.
  • Additive Manufacturing – This challenge closed on November 30, 2014. The winner of this challenge is Professor Debashis Chanda from the University of Central Florida. A purchase order has been placed and we are planning a kickoff meeting April 2016.
  • Compact High Power Laser Source for LIDAR – This challenge closed on August 20, 2015. The winner for this challenge was a small business, Cybel, LLC.
  • Interleaved Geiger and Linear Mode FPA – This challenge closed on November 13, 2015 and no winner was selected for this challenge.
  • 2016 Research Focus Areas – This challenge closed on October 23, 2015. The winner of this challenge include the following: Professor Xin Zhang from Boston University, Professor Debashis Chanda from University of Central Florida, Professor John Dallesassee from University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, Professor Dan Botez and Professor Thad Walker from the University of Wisconsin, Professor Andreas Andreou, Professor J. Khurgin, D. Gracias, and R. Schulman from Johns Hopkins University, Professor P.S. Krishnaprasad and Professor Yiannis Aloimonos from University of Maryland, Professor Yisong Yue and Professor Andrea Faraon from California Institute of Technology, Professor Dana Anderson from the University of Colorado at Boulder, Professor Yanhua Shih from the University of Maryland Baltimore County, Professor J. Malen, A. McGaughey, and A. Gellman from Carnegie Mellon University, and Professor J. Robinson and Professor X. Ni from Penn State University. More details about funding and the project’s status will be posted as we progress forward.
  • Advanced Algorithms or Computer Learning Techniques for Electronic Warfare Systems – This challenge is closed.

Click on one of the links of the open challenges to access the CFI details or directions to obtain the details. For some of the challenges Northrop Grumman has contracted with Evergreen IP to perform an initial screening of the ideas, so you may be directed to a joint Evergreen-Northrop Grumman site.