2022 JCATI Request for Proposals

2024 JCATI Request for Proposals (PDF)

Due Date: Friday, March 1, 2024, 5 PM PST

JCATI is a WA aerospace industry economic development program funded by the WA legislature.  JCATI project award funds pay for industry access to WA public university engineering expertise to help solve technology pain points. Preferred industry projects are Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 4-7 issues (component and/or field validation, full system prototype testing). 

WA aerospace companies of all sizes use JCATI to address technical issues critical to their competitiveness. JCATI funds are not long-term grants or basic research support. 

Proposals must be aerospace related with the impact occurring in Washington State. Aerospace is broadly interpreted and includes but is not limited to: software, AI, aerospace materials (metals, composites, 3D printed), aerospace propulsion and power systems (fuel or electric), air transportation modernization, aerospace cybersecurity, manufacturing and production innovation (robotics, additive manufacturing, augmented/virtual reality),controls and automation, airport ground systems, human-machine interfaces, communication systems, space systems and UAVs. A more detailed list of potential topic can be found in the RFP.

Industry can contact faculty directly or ask the JCATI Program Manager to help identify potential academic partners. If you need matchmaking help, contact the Program Manager no later than January 19, 2024. 

Faculty can learn how to build academic-industry partnerships in this informative video from Dr. Brian Kraft, WSU Assistant VP, Innovation and Research Engagement Office. 

  • Each JCATI project has an academic and industry partner. The academic partner submits the application addressing the industry partner's pain point. JCATI funds support students to work on the industry technology challenge. Industry provides the technical pain point, in-kind support and transition of technology back into the company.
  • Academic partners must be from a Washington state public 4 year university College or Department of Engineering
  • Aerospace industry partners must have a WA presence and contribute in-kind support 
  • Awards: $120,000 maximum
  • Project period: July 1, 2024-June 30, 2025
  • Proposals due March 1, 2024

Questions? Contact Beth Hacker, JCATI Program Manager, bhacker@uw.edu