With the goal of developing technology roadmaps that can help bolster U.S. manufacturing and innovation, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) last week awarded 19 advanced manufacturing technology planning grants totaling $9 million.
The awards, the first from a new program from NIST called Advanced Manufacturing Technology Consortia (AMTech), range from $378,900 to $540,000 for a period of up to two years.
Project collaborations span a wide variety of industries and technologies, from flexible-electronics manufacturing to biomanufacturing and from pulp-and-paper manufacturing to forming and joining technologies.
"The AMTech awards provide incentives for partnerships to tackle the important jobs of planning, setting strategic manufacturing technology goals, and developing a shared vision of how to work collaboratively to get there," said NIST director Patrick Gallagher.
"These are essential first steps toward building the research infrastructure necessary to sustain a healthy, innovative advanced manufacturing sector—one that invents, demonstrates, prototypes and produces here, in the U.S," Gallagher added.
As part of the award each consortium is expected to work with manufacturers, university researchers, trade associations and others with the objective to ‘reduce shared barriers to the growth of advanced manufacturing in the United States,’ NIST said.
The project will also define challenges specific to building robust domestic supply chains and establishing skill-set requirements for an advanced manufacturing workforce.
To read summaries of the AMTech-funded projects and to see maps showing the locations of the projects' lead organizations and their funded partners, click here.