NSF to award up to $300K for manufacturing machines and equipment; focus on energy and additive manufacturing
25 August 2013
The National Science Foundation’s (NSF’s) MME (Manufacturing Machines and Equipment) has issued a funding opportunity announcement (PD-13-1468) to award up to $300,000 for fundamental research leading to improved manufacturing machines and equipment, and their application in manufacturing processes.
Key goals of the program are to advance the transition of manufacturing from skill-based to knowledge-based activities, and to advance technologies that will enable the manufacturing sector to reduce its environmental impacts.
A focus is on the advancement of manufacturing machines and related systems engineering that will enable energy manufacturing—i.e. the manufacture of facilities and equipment that will enable the conversion of renewable resources into energy products such as electricity and liquid fuels, on a large scale.
The program also supports research on laser processing, joining processes and additive manufacturing machines and processes encompassing feature scales from microns to meters (nanometer scale additive manufacturing is supported under the Nanomanufacturing program).
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