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Manufacturing-related R&D Emphasis in SBIR

Executive Order (E.O.) 13329 requires Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) agencies, to the extent permitted by law and in a manner consistent with the mission of that department or agency, to give high priority within the SBIR programs to manufacturing-related research and development (R&D). "Manufacturing-related" is defined as "relating to manufacturing processes, equipment and systems; or manufacturing workforce skills and protection."

E.O. 13329 is intended to help ensure that federal agencies properly and effectively assist the private sector in its manufacturing innovation so as to sustain a strong manufacturing sector in the US economy by advancing innovation, including innovation in manufacturing, through small businesses.

It is NIST's intent to increase the proportion of its SBIR awards to manufacturing-related R&D projects.

Further information is available at:

Executive Order (E.O.) 13329

Definition of Manufacturing-related R&D

Report to the President on Capturing Domestic Competitive Advantage in Advanced ManufacturingA National Strategic Plan for Advanced Manufacturing

Report to the President on Ensuring American Leadership in Advanced Manufacturing

Manufacturing in America