GEITERSBURG, Maryland – The National Institute of Standards and Technology of the United States Department of Commerce (NIST) has allocated a total of $ 2.08 million to seven organizations in six states to develop production technology roadmaps to boost U.S. innovation and productivity. industry sectors. This is the second round of grants awarded to universities, industry and non-profit organizations through the NIST Advanced Manufacturing Technology Program (MfgTech).
Each award of up to $ 300,000 will fund projects for up to 18 months to address national priorities such as critical infrastructure production, communication and transformative approaches and technologies in construction. NIST plans to make additional awards in various categories.
“This new round of awards enables strategic partnerships across the country that will identify and document ways to accelerate the adoption of critical manufacturing technologies in the United States,” said Mike Molnar, director of the NIST Office of Advanced Manufacturing. “Roadmaps are in key areas for the manufacturing industry and the nation, including infrastructure, quantum intelligence, artificial intelligence and machine learning, 5G, sustainability and even space production.
Each consortium will engage industry and academia stakeholders to identify and prioritize research projects that reduce barriers to the growth of modern manufacturing in the United States. The obtained roadmaps will identify and rank the objectives for research and development; eliminating gaps in workforce skills; promote diversity, fairness and inclusion in production; and identifying steps to accelerate technological development and transfer to improve the competitiveness of production.
The leading recipients and their projects are:
Edison Welding Institute Inc. (Columbus, Ohio) – $ 300,000
The project will develop a comprehensive US roadmap to accelerate the production of large structures such as bridges, wind towers, pipelines and ships. The roadmap will focus on increasing flexibility and energy efficiency and reducing costs through the introduction of modern materials, large-scale additive manufacturing and other technologies.
University of Houston (Houston, Texas) – $ 300,000
This roadmap will identify production challenges and technological barriers associated with various platform technologies, such as superconductors and modern structural materials, to accelerate the commercialization of future carbon-neutral electrical machines and systems.
ASTM International (West Conshohoken, PA) – $ 299,989
The award will be used to develop a roadmap to guide the construction manufacturing sector towards the adoption of modern technologies such as additive manufacturing, robotics, automation and artificial intelligence for improved productivity, efficiency, flexibility and safety.
Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland, Ohio) – $ 299,745
The winner of the award will develop a technological roadmap for integrating artificial intelligence and machine learning tools with traditional knowledge of materials and the production process throughout the product life cycle for a holistic approach to the future production of modern materials.
SRI International (Menlo Park, CA) – $ 299,128
Funding will support a quantum technology roadmap that identifies pre-competitive developments and supply chain gaps to help maintain US dominance in quantum technology areas to benefit from multiple areas of quantum application. technologies.
University of New Hampshire (Durham, New Hampshire) – $ 297,877
This roadmap will explore a new paradigm in production for the fair commercialization, industrialization and democratization of space production. To create the roadmap, the winner will analyze barriers to the commercialization of the space manufacturing economy, recommend solutions, and develop guidelines that will help strengthen US space leadership, economic growth, and national defense.
International Electronics Manufacturing Initiative Inc. (Morrisville, North Carolina) – $ 290,865
The funds will support a roadmap for progress in the production of leading 5G and 6G products to accelerate the development of the next generation of wireless networks in the United States.