National Institutes of Standards and Technology

NIST Advanced Manufacturing Technology Consortia (AMTech) Program, Planning Awards

Program Summary

NIST is soliciting applications for Planning Awards from eligible applicants to establish new and strengthen existing industry-driven consortia that identify and support basic and applied research on long term, pre-competitive and enabling technology development for advanced manufacturing. These consortia address major technological barriers that inhibit the growth of advanced manufacturing in the U.S.; identify and prioritize research projects supporting long term industrial research needs; engage in a range of eligible activities including but not limited to creating new or updating industry-driven, shared-vision technology roadmaps; and catalyze the development of a technology infrastructure and American excellence in advanced manufacturing. 
Eligibility / Limitation
Only one pre-application per institution is allowed.
An eligible organization may work individually or include proposed subrecipients, contractors and/or unfunded collaborators in a project application, effectively forming a team or consortium. In a team or consortium, eligible subrecipients are the same types of organizations eligible to be applicants and commercial organizations. Thus, commercial organizations may participate in teams or consortia as subrecipients or contractors, as unfunded collaborators, or as third parties that help to accelerate project results or help move them into routine or commercial use.
Award Information
Cooperative agreement.  NIST plans that approximately $5.6 million may be available in total from FY 2014 appropriations to fund the total number of projects of up to approximately two (2) years in duration, in the range of approximately $250,000 to $500,000 total federal funding per project, subject to the availability of funds. Individual projects less than $250,000 will also be considered. 
To comply with the limitation of one submission per applicant organization, please contact Richard Hichwa ( or 384-3332), Senior Associate Vice President in the Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development to indicate your interest in applying.

Date Due to DSP or UIF08/28/2014
Date Due to Sponsor09/05/2014
Required LOI Due Date09/05/2014
Non-Required LOI Due DateN/A
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