Welcome to the NIST Advanced Manufacturing Technology Consortia (AMTech) program.
Launched in 2013, AMTech is a competitive grants program intended to establish new or strengthen existing industry-driven consortia that address high-priority research challenges impeding the growth of advanced manufacturing in the United States. The AMTech program funds broad participation across the value-chain including companies of all sizes, universities and government agencies. It is modeled on successful national efforts within various industry and technology sectors.
Through competitive planning grants, AMTech incentivizes the formation and strengthening of industry-driven technology consortia in areas of national importance in advanced manufacturing. Activities supported by Planning Awards include detailed technology roadmaps of critical advanced manufacturing technologies and associated long-term industrial research challenges.
On May 7, 2015 the second set of AMTech awards were announced. These sixteen (16) Planning Awards, totaling $7.8 million, will identify critical gaps in advanced manufacturing technology infrastructure, and create industry-drive technology roadmaps. They will establish and support industry-driven consortia in developing research plans and charting collaborative actions to solve high-priority technology challenges and to accelerate the growth of advanced manufacturing in the United States.
As of January 2016, AMTech activities have been merged into the Manufacturing USA Program. The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2016 (H.R. 2029) states that the Act "merges the activities of the Advanced Manufacturing Technology Consortia (AMTech) into NNMI." The implications of the merger means that no further AMTech awards are planned at this time.
Initially, the AMTech and Manufacturing USA programs were separate but complementary, both administered within the NIST Advanced Manufacturing Office.
AMTech provided grants to industry-driven consortia to identify and prioritize research projects addressing long-term U.S. industrial research needs.
Technology roadmaps and related AMTech-enabled outputs were to help guide pre-competitive, infrastructural research. The Manufacturing USA institutes were to make use of technology roadmaps in determining which R&D projects to pursue.
There are no competitions currently planned 2016 or later under the AMTech program. Decisions regarding possible future competitions will be posted here.