The 2014 Advanced Textile Products Student Design Challenge

Sponsored by Advanced Textile Products (ATP) and Narrow Fabrics Institute (NFI), last year’s Advanced Textile Products Student Design Challenge received entries from 15 teams of university/college students in the U.S. and internationally!

This annual challenge was established to encourage college and university students of design, textiles, engineering and allied curricula to solve safety and protection problems using technical textiles and narrow fabrics in functional designs.

A committee will review each entry and the winners of this student design challenge will be announced on or before Aug. 31, 2014. Winning entries will be showcased at the 2014 IFAI Specialty Fabrics Expo and Advanced Textiles Expo on Oct. 14 – 16, 2014 in Minneapolis, Minn.

For more information and to enter click here. Applications are due May 23, 2014.


Every year, Advanced Textile (ATP) makes available a scholarship award of $1,500 to its members. The scholarship award provides assistance with tuition expenses at an accredited college, university or technical school. To qualify for the ATP Member Scholarship, applicants must be employed by or related to an employee of an ATP member company.

In addition to this ATP specific scholarship, there are other scholarship opportunities available through the Industrial Fabrics Foundation (IFF) and ATP members are encouraged to make these opportunities available to their employees and family members.

Scholarship recipients for 2014-2015 academic year will be announced in August. New applications for the 2015-2016 academic year will be made available after the close of the current cycle. Learn more or apply here.

IFF Innovation Award

The deadline to enter your innovative product or process related to the specialty fabrics industry is in Summer of 2014. Enter today to win a chance to showcase your innovation and possibly win the grand prize of $5,000.

The 2014 Industrial Fabrics Foundation (IFF) Innovation Award is designed to recognize and promote the successes of the most innovative companies in the specialty fabrics industry.

Why participate?

  • Inspire and be inspired
  • Gain international exposure
  • Become the industry benchmark
  • Be the top innovator in the industry
  • Have a chance to win a $5,000 Grand Prize

Apply today or contact Linden Wicklund via email or at 800-636-4942 with any questions.

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INFOcentral referral service

Need a referral? Have a technical question about a product? Looking for a supplier? Look no further – IFAI members can contact INFOcentral year-round for free! Visit INFOcentral, call us at 651 225-6982 or write us at

IFAI bookstore

As a member, your company receives discounts at the IFAI Bookstore – your one-stop-shop for industry materials. Whether you are looking for design manuals, technical textile reference publications, back issues of magazines, hands-on videos, market research reports, the IFAI Bookstore has what you need. Call 800-207-0729 or visit the online store.

Learn more

For questions about the Advanced Textile Products (ATP) division of IFAI, contact Linden Wicklund or call 651-225-6920. Visit the Advanced Textile Products (ATP) website for additional news and to access other benefits.