How to Join


You can apply for membership to RISE online by following the link below.


View the RISE Consortium Membership Agreement in the link below.


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Networking opportunities with consortium members (industry and academia), Government and other strategic stakeholders, at annual membership meetings and valuable conferences and forums


Operates through a flexible contracting vehicle capable of multiple taskings with a single set of terms, resulting in award execution significantly faster than traditional FAR-based contracts


Provides visibility into Government needs and priorities, enabling members to direct R&D (and IR&D) investments to meet them


Creates a channel for small companies and non-traditional suppliers to identify opportunities and establish customer relationships with Government and other members


Minimizes cash flow challenges through rapid, single-point contracting capability of the Consortium Management Firm (CMF) and advanced payments for approved projects from the Government to CMF


Is there a cost to join? What are the membership dues?

Currently, there is no cost to join and no membership dues.

How long does the process take?

An application with all necessary documentation can be processed in as little as 1-2 business days.  Approval of non-US organizations may take longer.

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Can a Foreign-owned, Controlled, or Influenced company join the consortium?

Yes. However, for Non U.S. companies, membership eligibility will be decided on case-by-case basis. Foreign instrumentalities that are substantially owned, controlled, sponsored, commanded, managed, or dominated by a foreign government will not be eligible for Membership unless directed by the Government.

What is the definition of a non-traditional defense contractor?

A non-traditional defense contractor means an entity that is not currently performing and has not performed, for at least the one-year period prior to the date of this application, any contract or subcontract for the Department of Defense that is subject to full coverage under the cost accounting standards prescribed pursuant to section 1502 of title 41 and the regulations implementing such section.

ATI helps non-traditionals – including small businesses, start-ups, and academia – get involved with the government by reducing barriers that typically dissuaded them from participating in government contracting. The government benefits by getting access to their innovative technologies, and these non-traditional contractors benefit from funding, exposure, networking, experience, and future connections.

Is being a non-traditional defense contractor a requirement to join the consortium?

No. Membership is currently open to all companies and universities which are capable of making a technical contribution.

Can an individual, not an organization, join the Consortium?


How do Universities ''fit'' into RISE?

Universities, be they categorized as traditional or non-traditional as defined by Section 815 Other Transaction statute, collaborate, compete and team equally among all other members of the consortium. The government is seeking more engagement with universities and non-traditionals to bring innovative ideas to prototyping. Both universities and any other organizations who qualify as a non-traditional are encouraged to join the consortium.

Can multiple divisions of the same larger parent organization join RISE?

RISE does not have specific guidance with regard to how a parent organization and its associated affiliates must join the Consortium. It is left up to the organization to determine how best to join. The RISE membership listing will specify multiple affiliates, should the parent organization allow multiple affiliates to join.

What is an Other Transaction Agreement?

An “Other Transaction Agreement” or “Other Transaction Authority” (OTA) is a streamlined purchasing vehicle that brings innovative research findings and state-of-the-art prototypes from industry to the Federal Government. OT-based collaborations are not subject to some of the regulations that apply to Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR)-based acquisitions. OTAs enable fast acquisition of critically needed technologies in areas as diverse as shipbuilding, armaments, satellites, medical devices, and electromagnetic spectrum technologies.

Will there be an industry day where members of the consortium can describe their ideas for consideration?

Yes, we will have opportunities for members to engage other members and the Government with ideas. Once we have a government sponsor, we hope to host regular industry days with the government customers to give them an opportunity to describe what their needs are and then potentially have one-on-one sessions with government representatives similar to “speed dating”. Typically, a poster session is held where members can display a 3×5 poster during “socials” to facilitate networking and teaming.

Who will have access to any Proprietary or Confidential Information my organization may provide?

Your organization should not be required to provide any proprietary or confidential information until a Government sponsor has been identified and has begun issuing solicitations. Should this occur, only the Government and the Consortium Management Firm will have access to proprietary information.

What types of technology solutions should join the RISE Consortium?

The RISE Consortium is focused on the three pillars of installation energy resilience, climate resilience, and operational energy resilience. Technologies may include, but are not limited to:

  • Energy Resilience Technologies: Microgrids; Energy Storage; Resilient Renewable Energy; Next-generation Backup Generation; Hardware-in-the-Loop Testing; Cyber-Physical Systems Security
  • Climate Resilience Technologies: Advanced Climate Modeling; Efficient HVAC and Climate Control; Flood Protection; Stormwater Management; Climate-resilient Infrastructure; Natural Infrastructure Assets
  • Operational Energy Resilience Technologies: Autonomous Systems Power; Advanced Tactical Mobility; Electrification of the Tactical Edge; Noise and Heat Signature Reduction; Expeditionary Energy; Forward Power; Sustainable Aviation Fuels
Does RISE engage in lobbying activities?

The RISE Consortium is not currently engaged in lobbying activity. Any lobbying activity on behalf of the consortium would be reported to the members. Any future lobbying activity would be conducted on behalf of the entire consortium and not on behalf of members.

RISE is managed by Advanced Technology International (ATI), a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization. ATI monitors any lobbying or related activities by and on behalf of our programs to ensure that we do not exceed any of the legal thresholds on lobbying and satisfy all applicable reporting requirements.

What if I have additional questions about the RISE Consortium?

If you have questions about RISE, or you want to find out how you can get involved, drop us an email to and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.

How to Join