The National Science Foundation (NSF) is interested in receiving research proposals addressing critical fundamental research needs in advanced manufacturing, and particularly in projects that may enable innovations in the technical focus areas of one or more of the Manufacturing USA Institutes. Such proposals should leverage the facilities, infrastructure, expertise and member companies of one or more Institutes.
Basic research in advanced manufacturing feeds the upstream pipeline of breakthrough technologies and innovations that the Institutes transform into scalable production processes and systems for use by industry. Research proposals that detail explicit collaborations with Institutes to facilitate this transition are particularly encouraged. A summary of the Institute focus areas can be found at https://www.manufacturing.gov/nnmi-institutes/.
Proposals should be submitted to established NSF programs and will be subject to the deadlines and review procedures of the program to which they are submitted. Further information about collaborating with Manufacturing USA Institutes and NSF contacts for each institute are contained in NSF 17-088.