Below summarizes the funding opportunity, refer to the posted NOFO for more details.
What is this funding opportunity?
NIST invites AFFOA, AIM Photonics, America Makes, ARM, BioFabUSA, BioMADE, CESMII, CyManII, EPIXC, IACMI, LIFT, MxD, NextFlex, NIIMBL, PowerAmerica, RAPID, and REMADE Manufacturing USA institutes to propose high-impact public service projects that support Workforce, Education, and Vibrant Ecosystems (WEAVE) to provide vibrant and inclusive advanced manufacturing ecosystems that promote domestic production of institute-developed technologies and equitable access to good jobs. A vibrant eco-system delivers good technical and workforce outcomes for all stakeholders, including large and small employers, workers, research and training providers.
Please note that members of the institutes, individuals, and organizations not associated with the institutes are NOT eligible to apply under this NOFO; however, they may participate as part of an institute’s team.
The NOFO is published on www.grants.gov at this URL: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=349721
How much is available?
NIST anticipates making available a total of $11 million in federal funding through this competition and expects to fund between three to six awards. Individual awards may be up to $3.5 million in federal funding. The period of performance for awards issued pursuant to this NOFO is up to two years.
Who is eligible?
Eligibility for this program is limited to current Manufacturing USA institutes at the time of proposal submission and at the time of award (should an award be issued). The Manufacturing USA institutes eligible to submit applications under this funding opportunity are: AFFOA, AIM Photonics, America Makes, ARM, BioFabUSA, BioMADE, CESMII, CyManII, EPIXC, IACMI, LIFT, MxD, NextFlex, NIIMBL, PowerAmerica, RAPID, and REMADE. No other entities are eligible to submit applications.
Applications for funding must be submitted by a partnership of two or more current Manufacturing USA institutes. A Manufacturing USA institute may only serve as the lead applicant on one application but may serve as a sub-recipient or as an unfunded collaborator on other applications.
How do I submit a proposal?
Please submit your proposals via www.grants.gov under Funding Opportunity Number 2023-NIST-MFGUSA-WEAVE-01.
Funding Instrument: Cooperative Agreement
Any Cost Sharing Requirements?
No. Non-federal cost share is not required for awards issued pursuant to the NOFO.
Below is an outline of the key steps along with the target timing of each. These actions will take place over the next several months. Updates and changes will be posted to this site as needed.
The following resources are currently available:
Webinar Information Session - August 14, 2023
A free informational webinar was held on August 14, 2023 at 4:00PM EST that provides general information regarding this NOFO and offered general guidance on preparing proposals. NIST staff answered general questions (scope, eligibility, evaluation criteria, review process, deadlines). Proprietary technical questions about specific proposal ideas was not permitted.
NIST will not critique or provide feedback on any proposal ideas during the webinar or at any time before submission.
Webinar participation is not required to submit an application and attendance will not be considered in the application review and selection process. Advanced registration was required to attend the webinar. A copy of the webinar slides can be found here.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)Applicants may submit questions in writing to manufacturingusa [at] nist.gov (subject: FY2023%20WEAVE%20Questions) “FY2023 WEAVE Questions” in the subject line. Answers to such written questions submitted to NIST OAM may be made available to the public as part of an FAQ document, which will be periodically updated on this page: https://www.nist.gov/oam/workforce-education-and-vibrant-ecosystems-weave-faq