The University of Georgia is one of 32 universities selected to join the new Advanced Functional Fabrics of America (AFFOA) Alliance, $317 million research partnership designed to encourage growth and creativity in the business of "smart" textiles and fabrics.

In partnership with the Department of Defense and led by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, AFFOA will bring together groups from industry and academia to integrate fibers and yarns with smart devices like LEDs, solar cells, microchips containing semiconductors, and other technologies that would lead to textiles and fabrics with the ability to see, hear, sense, communicate, store energy, regulate temperature, monitor health, change color and more.

The University of Georgia's Jason Locklin, left to right, Suraj Sharma, Vice President for Research David Lee and Sergiy Minko are working together at UGA's part in a national public-private partnership to accelerate the widespread commercialization of highly functional, advanced fibers and textiles for the defense and commercial markets.

Related Links

► Advanced Functional Fabrics of America (AFFOA)

► University of Georgia New Materials Institute

► Office of the Vice President for Research


► AFFOA Industry Day at UGA  

► UGA joins major partnership to transform fiber material