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H.R.2820 - Advanced Composites Development Act of 2011
To provide for the establishment and operation of Advanced Composites Development Centers.
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Referred to the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, and in addition to the Committees on Homeland Security, Armed Services, and Transportation and Infrastructure, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concernedCommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
SEC. 2. ADVANCED COMPOSITES DEVELOPMENT CENTERS.
(1) IN GENERAL- The Secretary of Transportation, the Secretary of Energy, the Secretary of Defense, and the Secretary of Homeland Security shall carry out a program to improve our Nation’s transportation infrastructure, advance the technologies used to produce alternative energy, enhance our military security, and develop new disaster mitigation systems by making grants to consortia to establish and operate Advanced Composites Development Centers. In doing so, they shall work with stakeholders to identify problems that can be solved over a period of 5 years through the development of an advanced composite material. By working with the private sector and focusing on solutions to problems that can be researched, developed, and demonstrated over a short period of time, each Center will strive to produce new composite materials that are lighter, stronger, and more durable than existing materials and have an immediate practical application.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(E) Any 2 or more of the Secretaries described in subparagraphs (A) through (D) may work together to explore opportunities to designate a single Center that addresses issues of importance to the Departments of each such Secretary.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(3) ADDITIONAL COLLABORATION- Each Secretary designating a Center under paragraph (2) may include reviewers from the Director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the Director of the National Science Foundation to leverage work that has been done at facilities supported by each of those agencies.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(2) APPLICATION- A consortium seeking to establish and operate a Center under this section, acting through a prime applicant, shall transmit to the Secretary an application at such time, in such form, and accompanied by such information as the Secretary shall require, including a detailed description of the elements of the consortium agreement required under paragraph (1)(B). If the consortium members will not be located at one centralized location, such application shall include a communications plan that ensures close coordination and integration of the Center’s activities.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(1) SELECTION- The Secretary shall select consortia for grants for the establishment and operation of Centers through competitive selection processes. In selecting consortia, the Secretary shall consider--CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(F) opportunities to leverage previous support that a member of the consortium has received from the Department or Departments awarding the grant, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, or the National Science Foundation to research, develop, demonstrate, or commercialize an advanced composite.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(2) SCHEDULE- Grants made for the establishment and operation of a Center shall be for a period not to exceed 5 years, after which the grant may be renewed, subject to a competitive selection process.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(1) IN GENERAL- Centers shall conduct or provide for multidisciplinary, collaborative research, development, demonstration, and commercial application of advanced composites technologies within the technology development focus area or areas designated for the Center by the Secretary under subsection (a)(2). Each Center shall--CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(A) encourage collaboration and communication among the member qualifying entities of the consortium and awardees by conducting activities whenever practicable at one centralized location;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(C) submit an annual report to the Secretary summarizing the Center’s activities, including detailing organizational expenditures and describing each project undertaken by the Center; andCommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(A) PROCEDURES- Centers shall establish conflict of interest procedures, consistent with those of the Department or Departments of the designating Secretary, to ensure that employees and consortia designees for Center activities who are in decisionmaking capacities disclose all material conflicts of interest, including financial, organizational, and personal conflicts of interest.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(B) DISQUALIFICATION AND REVOCATION- The Secretary may disqualify an application or revoke funds distributed to a Center if the Secretary discovers a failure to comply with conflict of interest procedures established under subparagraph (A).CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(e) Oversight Board- Each Secretary described in subsection (a)(1) shall establish and maintain within its Department an Oversight Board to oversee the progress of Centers.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(f) Priority Consideration- The Secretary shall give priority consideration to applications in which 1 or more of the institutions comprising the applicant consortium are 1890 Land Grant Institutions (as defined in section 2 of the Agricultural Research, Extension, and Education Reform Act of 1998 (
(1) ADVANCED COMPOSITES- The term ‘advanced composites’ means polymer matrix composite materials, including synthetic and natural fibers, as well as synthetic and bio-based resins, used in structural, load-bearing applications. These materials may be enhanced with nano-additives, and may be used in combination with traditional and other advanced materials.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(3) INSTITUTION OF HIGHER EDUCATION- The term ‘institution of higher education’ has the meaning given that term in section 101(a) of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (
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