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Consortium for Advanced Manufacturing Foresights: Defining the Critical Needs of the Advanced Manufacturing Research Community


Monday, July 20, 2015

The National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have released a solicitation to establish one consortium around advanced manufacturing technology and research, the Consortium for Advanced Manufacturing Foresights. The consortium is being developed following the recommendation made in the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (AMP) Steering Committee 2.0 report, Accelerating U.S. Advanced Manufacturing, released in October 2014 (Lewis-Burke’s summary of the report is below). The goal of the consortium is to provide national leadership and coordination of public and private sector research activities and priorities in advanced manufacturing. Examples of activities that will help this effort include: developing studies on specific manufacturing interests driven by federal agencies; engaging experts from industry, academia, and government to address challenges and opportunities in manufacturing; and serving as a rapid response expert in developing federal research and development initiatives.

Full proposals are due on July 20th. Funding for the consortium will be between $3 million and $6 million for 36 months. The solicitation notes that proposals must come from an existing entity that is “a consortium or that represents a consortium, with a stake in basic research and education in advanced manufacturing.” Entities should include both academic and industry partners.

Accelerating U.S Advanced Manufacturing (, the October 2104 report to the President produced by the Steering Committee of the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership 2.0 (AMP 2.0) for the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST), calls for the creation of a technology-focused consortium to provide coordinated private-sector input on national advanced manufacturing technology research and development priorities. This solicitation is to establish the Consortium for Advanced Manufacturing Foresights (the “Consortium”) to implement that recommendation. The consortium will inform and promote regular and sustained communication and research coordination across the public and private sectors, provide federal decision-makers with timely access to top university and industry experts, and respond quickly to requests from federal decision-makers for detailed input on nascent opportunities and priorities in manufacturing. These activities will improve the coordination of federal advanced manufacturing technology and research and development strategies. The Consortium will cooperate with the Advanced Manufacturing National Program Office (AMNPO) of NIST, the President’s National Science and Technology Council (NSTC), and the U.S. Government Agencies that support advanced manufacturing to help provide the timely information needed to achieve that coordination. NSF is the program lead and is solely responsible for administration of the solicitation and the resulting award. NIST, acting on behalf of the Advanced Manufacturing National Program Office, is the program co-sponsor with NSF and provides financial and administrative support to NSF.

For more information, please visit: and the press release from NIST