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March 20, 2024 | Tom Ballard

Feds announce another Manufacturing USA institute

Concept papers for the AI-focused program will be sought initially before a down selection process will be used to invite full proposals.

Later this spring, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) plans to announce an open competition for a new Manufacturing USA Institute focused on using artificial intelligence (AI) to improve the resilience of U.S. manufacturing. NIST anticipates that $70 million in federal funds will be invested in this new institute over five years, with an equal or greater contribution from private and other nonfederal funding sources.

Manufacturing USA is a national network of institutes that brings together people, ideas, and technology to solve advanced manufacturing challenges. All Manufacturing USA Institutes are public-private collaborations focused on technology, supply chain, and education and workforce development.  If NIST moves forward as planned, the new Institute would join the Knoxville-based Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI) and 17 other programs around the country that comprise the national network of linked manufacturing institutes. Each has a unique technological concentration, but is also designed to accelerate U.S. advanced manufacturing as a whole.

NIST plans to use a two-stage process for soliciting applications for this Manufacturing USA institute. Concept papers will be considered in the first stage of the competition. In the second stage, applicants with the best concepts will be invited to submit full proposals.

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