Smart Manufacturing Institute Announces Project Call to Address Manufacturing Challenges

By Greg Gorbach

Company and Product News

The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute (CESMII) announced up to $4 million in new funding to improve energy-intensive manufacturing processes and strengthen America's manufacturing sector.

The U.S. sees manufacturing competitiveness as a top priority and has identified advanced manufacturing, including smart manufacturing, as one of the vital industries of the future in its report entitled, "Strategy for American Leadership in Advanced Manufacturing."  Increased implementation of smart manufacturing (SM) technologies—such as sensors, data, and platforms and controls—will lead to a more competitive U.S. manufacturing sector.

To accelerate the adoption of SM technologies, CESMII seeks research and development projects that can apply SM solutions to real-world manufacturing process and operation challenges that enable improved energy productivity, performance, quality and efficiency.

For this request for proposals, CESMII anticipates making awards with periods of performance of up to six months.  Industry partners must provide at least 50% of the total project funding.  Projects may range from $50,000 to $200,000 (federal + cost share).

Learn more about the application deadlines, areas of emphasis, and submission requirements.


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