The Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation, IACMI, is a partnership of industry, academic institutions, as well as federal, state, and local governments that are working together to benefit the nation’s energy and economic security. This diverse public/private partnership validates manufacturing technologies that respond to private industry’s need for faster and more cost, material, and energy-efficient composite manufacturing, including recycling at the end of product life. IACMI’s research and development programs are driven by major industry participation with a focus on reducing technical risk and developing a robust supply chain to support a growing advanced composites industry.

IACMI broadly engages educational, economic development, trade, and professional organizations to build the skills and workforce critical to the growth of composite industry companies of all sizes.

IACMI is managed by Collaborative Composite Solutions Corporation (CCS), a not-for-profit organization established by the University of Tennessee Research Foundation.

Organizations of any size can join IACMI through a membership. Once a part of IACMI, members can benefit from participating in projects, networking with other IACMI members, and participating in workforce development opportunities to meet organizational needs.

“IACMI’s collaborative structure allows private industry to work with research institutions and state partners to accelerate the development and adoption of cutting-edge manufacturing technologies. Key learnings from IACMI projects can help us reach our goals of creating low-cost, energy-efficient manufacturing of composites for sectors such as in vehicles, wind turbines, and compressed gas storage.” – John A. Hopkins, IACMI CEO


IACMI membership is a tiered structure that provides a range of benefits on important issues such as strategic planning, roadmapping, and development of projects. The membership fee structure is based on company size, and partnership on technology development for composite materials.

A key benefit of IACMI membership is networking opportunities. Members network with one another in person at semi-annual Members Meetings, throughout the year on the Members Portal, and by collaborating together on projects. IACMI membership also offers the unique opportunity to engage in privately funded projects.


IACMI has streamlined its process to begin projects in order to meet the timeliness needs of private industry. IACMI has an open-call for projects throughout the year, as well as privately funded project opportunities, and occasional areas of interest for requests for proposal (RFPs). Visit the Projects page to learn more about current projects, and how to begin an IACMI project.

Workforce Development

IACMI works to help build the composites workforce by hosting workshops, sponsoring internships, and offering community engagement events throughout the year at partner and member facilities. Visit the workforce pages to learn more about Closed Mold Alliance workshops, the IACMI Internship Program, and Tooling-U opportunity trainings.