Proposing an improvement on existing manufacturing processes or new luminaire manufacturing processes is acceptable under this FOA.
Flat devices of various sizes may satisfy the term “multiple luminaires” based on the description of the specific area of FOA interest provided in this FOA.
A primary goal of this area of interest is not focused on the development or manufacture of a specific device or form factor. It is aiming for broad and interchangeable manufacturing processes that have the potential to cross platforms and provides broad SSL industry application.
Please keep in mind that it is specifically spelled out in the FOA that *“Product development activities or designs that are developed for a specific luminaire are not acceptable under this topic area and will not be evaluated”). It is highly encouraged that all the applicants thoughtfully read and write their proposal to address the review criteria carefully. Although many applications may be technically responsive and may be reviewed, the stronger proposals will specifically address the demands of the review criteria as provided in this FOA. For your convenience I have provided an excerpt from the FOA that may be helpful.
*Priority will be given to approaches which demonstrate increased manufacturing flexibility (processes or tooling that can work for multiple products) and enable higher quality products with improved color consistency, lower system costs, and improved time-to-market through successful implementation of integrated systems design, supply chain management, and quality control. Product development activities or designs that are developed for a specific luminaire are not acceptable under this topic area and will not be evaluated. Approaches shall directly address those relevant metrics of the 2012 Solid-State Lighting Manufacturing Roadmap identified in the table below.