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Research Project: Continuous Improvement Initiative Through Lean Six Sigma Implementation

Location: Operations

Project Number: 3022-32000-016-013-G
Project Type: Grant

Start Date: Sep 15, 2022
End Date: Oct 31, 2024

The objective is for the cooperator to provide training in Lean Six Sigma, student support through internship with completion of a project, and recommended implementation and sustainment plans to support an initiative of continuous improvement at NBAF.

Aim 1—Teach Methodology: Lean Six Sigma training white, yellow, and other certification as needed will be included in this contract. Training needs to be flexible according to the participants’ work schedules and carefully designed and delivered, with relevant examples and exercises to include knowledge of tools in the areas of root-cause analysis, innovative problem solving, and process improvements in a high containment laboratory. Training will be conducted in-person and virtual using video, print, and web-based training materials, including formal training courses, inclusive of tools that can then be applied as needed to assigned projects. Training activities will include white belt training sessions for all staff (at this point of 250 staff) and yellow belt training for supervisor/unit leads (20-30 staff). Aim 2—Student Support/Internship: Maximum of 6 students over a 3-year period (2 students per calendar year) to support continuous improvement through Lean Six Sigma initiative to include project team member/lead. Each student should be able to draft, develop and conclude a project during his/her internship. Students will be utilized to help apply the concept, participate in six sigma projects, and develop/track metrics. Aim 3—Implementation: The contractor will develop a Lean Six Sigma implementation strategy to facilitate the development and sustainment of continuous improvement with a focus on the tools of Lean and Six Sigma, with the support of the NBAF Quality Manager as well as Operational and Laboratory leadership.