The National Institute of Standards and Technology has provided $ 2.08 million in total grants to seven research projects to create technology roadmaps for improving the manufacturing industry.
Each award under the Manufacturing USA Technology Roadmaps program costs up to $ 300,000 and will run for one year and six months to identify challenges and barriers that hinder the growth of advanced manufacturing technology in the US.
The awardees for the second MfgTech grant are the Edison Welding Institute, SRI International, International Electronics Manufacturing Initiative, ASTM International, the University of Houston, Case Western Reserve University and the University of New Hampshire.
Each consortium will develop technology roadmaps to prioritize research and development initiatives, such as the adoption of new technologies such as additive manufacturing, artificial intelligence and machine learning and robotics.
“This new round of awards will enable strategic partnerships across the country to identify and document ways to facilitate the adoption of critical U.S. manufacturing technologies,” said Mike Molnar, director of NIST Office of Advanced Manufacturing.
Research projects also aim to address skill gaps, promote diversity and inclusion in manufacturing and accelerate technological advancement and commercialization.