NSTC Releases Planned Design for Manufacturing Innovation Network
From NIST Tech Beat: January 24, 2013
Contact: Mark Bello
The Administration's National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) has released a report based on the input of nearly 900 stakeholders that describes an approach to implementing and managing a National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI)—a proposed national network of up to 15 manufacturing institutes around the country that would serve as regional hubs of innovation to boost U.S. competitiveness and strengthen state and local economies. The NNMI was announced by President Obama last March and is designed to accelerate the development and adoption of cutting-edge manufacturing technologies.
This new report, National Network for Manufacturing Innovation: A Preliminary Design, was developed by the NSTC's Advanced Manufacturing National Program Office (AMNPO), which comprises representatives from federal agencies working to strengthen the U.S. manufacturing sector. It was previewed at a workshop in Huntsville, Ala., where industry, academic, government and other participants had the opportunity to discuss key components, including the framework for the competitive process and the criteria for selecting the Institutes of Manufacturing Innovation (IMI).
The report recommends that each of the IMIs be led by U.S. nonprofit organizations and have diverse funding sources and an independent Board of Directors composed predominantly of industry representatives. IMI partners would include private industry, academic and technical training organizations, government agencies and unions, among others. Federal matching funds for IMIs would be disbursed over a five-to-seven-year period, after which the institutes would be self-sustaining.
The report proposes that the preliminary activities of the IMIs include:
In addition to public input, the report builds on best practices from the August 2012 launch of the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute in Youngstown, Ohio—a pilot institute that has brought together 80 private companies, nine research universities, six community colleges and 18 not-for-profit institutions.
The AMNPO is run by the Department of Commerce's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and includes an interagency team that works with the National Science and Technology Council. The AMNPO has participation from federal agencies involved in U.S. manufacturing, including the Departments of Defense, Education and Energy; the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the National Science Foundation.
For more details, see the Jan. 16, 2013, announcement, "Administration Unveils Initial Design Plans for National Network for Manufacturing Innovation" at www.nist.gov/public_affairs/releases/nnmi-011613.cfm. To read the full NNMI report, please visit: http://manufacturing.gov/docs/NNMI_prelim_design.pdf.