SMMA Announces Small Electric Motor Grant
September 10, 2013—The Electric Motor Education & Research Foundation of SMMA – The Motor & Motion Association will award a $15,000 grant to a university or research facility for developing pre-competitive research concepts on Achieving Improvements in Power Density while Simultaneously Increasing Efficiency in Small Electric Motors. The winning applicant will have initial funding for phase one (six months) to develop the concepts that will be deployed during the research project phase (phase two). Included in the Solicitation are Purpose, Background, Objectives, Scope of Work, Performance Measures, and Proposal Requirements. November 1, 2013 is the deadline for submission of proposals. At the successful completion of phase one, EMERF, the EMERF Pre-Competitive Electric Motor Research Consortium (PCEMRC) and the successful bidder will work together to secure funding for phase two. During phase two, a motor with controller will be constructed for independent testing to prove performance. The objective for phase two is to develop a motor with a viable path to commercialization that PCEMRC members may consider for manufacturing. EMERF President, John Calico, senior research engineer, Moog Components Group, stated, "We extend special thanks to the SMMA members and PCEMRC members for their financial contributions which have made this solicitation possible."