The U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) develops and integrates the right technology solutions to improve Current Force effectiveness and provide superior capabilities for the Future Force. Our technical staff leads research in ground systems survivability, power and mobility, intelligent ground systems, force projection and vehicle electronics architecture.

TARDEC employs several key mechanisms to leverage investments in technology research and development (R&D) and initiate shared technology programs. The organization is keen to partner with industry, academia and other government agencies to harness new technologies for emerging systems, integrate new energy and propulsion alternatives, reduce operating and maintenance costs of fielded systems and ensure that our Soldiers have the best performing, most reliable and easiest to maintain ground vehicles in the world.

In order to solve TARDEC design, development, manufacturing and product technology gaps, as identified in our 30-Year Strategy, TARDEC offers a variety of opportunities to create partnerships to accelerate the delivery of new capabilities and avoid unnecessary capability development costs.

Collaborative Mechanisms

Advanced Vehicle Power Technology Alliance (AVPTA) is a joint technology R&D partnership between the Department of the Army and the Department of Energy (DoE). The AVPTA welcomes concept papers and proposals in energy efficient vehicle technology. Submit your concept papers and proposals through the DoE Vehicle Technologies Office or Incubator Funding Opportunities Announcements online at the Federal Business Opportunities (FedBizOpps) website.

Michigan Army National Guard (MIARNG) and TARDEC have a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that provides a forum where issues related to the development and improvement of military and commercial equipment are discussed and acted upon. Additionally, this forum was created to support the coordinated and collaborative development and improvement of U.S. Army military and commercial equipment for potential use by all military services.

High-Efficiency Truck Users Forum (HTUF) is a TARDEC National Automotive Center-funded program that brings truck original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), suppliers, fleets and other industry stakeholders together to ensure commercial product offerings are capable of meeting high-efficiency military requirements. Two working groups within HTUF are focused on military OEM's and suppliers interested in working more effectively with Army technology planning and procurement staff. The Military Truck Action Group (MTAG) and Commercial Truck Action Group (CTAG) allow maximum industry engagement by keeping members informed and updated on key industry issues and providing opportunities to weigh in on direction and priority.

Automotive Research Center (ARC) is a university-based, U.S. Army Center of Excellence in Modeling and Simulation. TARDEC manages the center in partnership with The University of Michigan, Clemson University, Oakland University, University of Iowa, Virginia Tech University and Wayne State University. The ARC Executive Committee, composed of government and university principals, selects basic and applied research projects each academic year based on current Army and TARDEC needs. Bi-monthly research seminars and an annual program review are conducted to peer-review projects, provide feedback to researchers, and ensure research projects meet cost and performance objects and align with TARDEC's 30-Year Strategy.

Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) is a competitive awards-based program that taps small business innovation and creativity to help meet TARDEC's R&D objectives and develop technologies, products and software that can be commercialized.

Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADAs) are established between federal laboratories and commercial, academic or nonprofit partners to facilitate technology transfers between the parties for mutual benefit.

Education Partnership Agreements (EPAs) encourage institutions to enhance study in scientific disciplines at all levels of education.

Patent License Agreements (PLAs) between federal labs and non-federal organizations allow for the use of government-owned or assigned patent applications, patents or other intellectual property.

Test Service Agreements (TSAs) allow federal laboratories to perform work for hire.

Start the Conversation

Ground Vehicle Gateway (GVG) invites industry, academia and other government agencies to share ideas that can help TARDEC to develop, integrate and sustain advanced manned and autonomy-enabled ground system capabilities for the Current and Future Force in accordance with TARDEC's 30-Year Strategy. Full details on TARDEC's 30-Year Ground Vehicle Strategy, our capabilities and crucial, "need-to-know" information for engaging TARDEC can be found on the homepage under "Engage TARDEC". Visit us today!