Iowa State University is part of a new $317 million public-private partnership working to improve the design and function of protective clothing for military personnel, emergency responders and other professionals. The Department of Defense announced today it is dedicating $75 million over five years to the Advanced Functional Fabrics of America partnership to create the Revolutionary Fiber and Textile Manufacturing Innovation Institute, based at MIT. The remaining funding will come through cost sharing among the participants. Iowa State is one of 31 universities, along with 16 industry members, 26 startup incubators and other partners that make up the partnership. Guowen Song, an associate professor and the Noma Scott Lloyd chair in textiles and clothing, will lead Iowa State's team of researchers in apparel design, materials science and engineering, and kinesiology.