Press Release: Undersea Technology Innovation Consortium (UTIC) Members Have Received $230M To Prototype Technology Solutions For The Department of Navy

Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                         

29 June 2020                                                                    Point of Contact—Molly Donohue Magee

                                                                                           mmagee@underseatech.org – 401-378-8485

UNDERSEA TECHNOLOGY INNOVATION CONSORTIUM (UTIC) MEMBERS HAVE RECEIVED $230M TO PROTOTYPE TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF NAVY

In June 2018 the national Undersea Technology Innovation Consortium (UTIC), with its headquarters in Middletown, RI, was awarded the Other Transaction Agreement (OTA) for Undersea Technology Innovation by the Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) Division Newport. UTIC, represented by our management firm, Advanced Technology International (ATI), and NUWC Division Newport signed a three-year OTA with options for up to 10 years. The OTA allows for industry, academia and the nonprofit sector to engage in a broad range of undersea and maritime prototyping activities in support of the Department of Navy’s needs. An OTA is an “enterprise partnership” between the Government and a consortium of technology developers/providers allowing innovation through partnership and collaboration.

To date, 31 UTIC OTA awards, to provide prototype technology solutions, have been made to 26 member organizations with a total value of $230.4M. The Department of Navy identifies technology needs to UTIC members biannually in the spring and fall. Urgent needs can be identified out-of-cycle. Members respond with an enhanced white paper defining their proposed technology solutions. The government can choose to accept the white paper proposal and award, decline to award, or put the proposal in “the basket”, allowing the government the opportunity, over the next three years, to make a future award.

“UTIC is an important resource for innovative undersea and maritime technology solutions. The Other Transaction Agreement (OTA) allows for streamlined contracting, ensuring the government can expeditiously get needed technology prototype solutions. We are extremely proud to have accomplished so much in just two years and we look forward to continuing to support the technology needs of the Department of Navy,” stated Molly Donohue Magee, UTIC’s executive director.

“NUWC Division Newport and UTIC have been leading the way with our OTA agreement. The results of the OTA are proof of the success of collaborating with our industry partners to advance the state of the art in undersea warfare,” elaborated Ronald Vien, Technical Director, NUWC Division Newport.

The Undersea Technology Innovation Consortium (UTIC) has over 300 UTIC members from 36 states who are part of the national community of technology practitioners in the undersea and maritime technology domain responding to the needs of the Department of Navy. Consortium members support 25 defined technology areas including: Environmental Sensing, Monitoring and Prediction; Autonomous Vehicles, Bio-inspired Sensing; Energy Storage and Release; Quantum Computing; and Virtualization. UTIC membership is comprised of 75% non-traditional defense contractors, representing 70% small businesses, 25% large businesses, and 5% academic and nonprofit organizations. Membership is open to U.S. organizations who have undersea and maritime related technologies.

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The Undersea Technology Innovation Consortium, www.underseatech.org,  promotes the rapid development, prototyping and commercialization of innovative undersea and maritime technology and advances learning in the undersea and maritime sector for commercial, academic, and defense organizations.  Our Consortium-based model welcomes participation by organizations – both traditional and non-traditional – who have technologies that can contribute to undersea and maritime domain applications.