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Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow (LIFT)

LIFT was formally known as the Lightweight & Modern Metals Manufacturing Innovation (LM3I) Institute.


  • Established February 2014
  • Lead: EWI
  • Headquarters Location: Detroit, Michigan
  • Includes 36 companies, 12 universities and labs, and 18 other organizations
  • Federal funding (cooperative agreement): $70 million
  • Mission: Provide a national focus on expanding US competitiveness and innovation by facilitating the transition of advanced lightweight and modern metals manufacturing capabilities and new technologies to the industrial base.


On February 25, 2014, President Obama announced the selection of the winning team to lead the LM3I institute with a selection of a Michigan headquartered consortium of businesses and universities, led by EWI.

EWI brings together a consortium of leading companies that include some of the world’s aluminum, titanium, and high strength steel manufacturers, leading materials providers, and critical end-users with universities on the cutting edge of technology development and research, all in a vibrant and entrepreneurial region that can serve as the foundation for ongoing U.S leadership in this important technology.

For more information about the Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow (LIFT) Institute, please visit their official website.

LM3I Solicitation Process

The LM3I Institute was established by formal solicitation through the Contracting Department of the Office of Naval Research located in Arlington, Virginia, and managed and supported by a tri-service, interagency group composed of contributing members. An overview of the intended institute can be found here: LM3I Overview

The original LM3I RFI and Notice of Intent are on FedBizOpps, as well as the full solicitation.

A Proposers' Day was held to help potential teams learn and prepare better proposals. Copies of the LM3I briefings are below: