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February 18, 2024 | Tom Ballard

Notice of intent issued to create another Manufacturing USA Institute

The 18th program would focus on advanced digital twins and modeling, which can be a training ground for the semiconductor workforce.

In a notice of intent published recently in the Federal Register, the CHIPS Research and Development Office of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) said it will launch a competition for a new public-private Manufacturing USA Institute with a contract value of $200 million and performance period of five years.

The agency aims to catalyze curriculum and best practices for advanced digital twins and modeling, which can be a training ground for the semiconductor workforce. The institute will also provide access to digital models and production processes by creating a marketplace for the technology in chips manufacturing.

CHIPS R&D is scheduled to issue a notice of funding opportunity in the second quarter of this year. If NIST moves forward as planned, the new Institute would join the Knoxville-based Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IASMI) and 16 other programs around the country that comprise Manufacturing USA, a 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.


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