NIST announces funding for 9 research projects.

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NIST announced total of more than $22 million in funding for 9 research projects targeting innovative manufacturing technologies in fields ranging from biopharmaceuticals and electronics to renewable energy sources and energy storage. Funded by NIST's Technology Innovation Program, awards will be matched by other funding sources and are expected to result in an estimated $46 million in new advanced manufacturing research over next 3 years.



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NIST Announces $22 Million in Funding for Advanced Manufacturing Research in Electronics, Biotechnology and Nanotechnology



The U.S. Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) today announced a total of more than $22 million in funding for nine research projects targeting innovative manufacturing technologies in fields ranging from biopharmaceuticals and electronics to renewable energy sources and energy storage. Funded by NIST's Technology Innovation Program (TIP, www.nist.gov/tip), the awards will be matched by other funding sources and are expected to result in an estimated $46 million in new advanced manufacturing research over the next three years.

"Keeping our nation's high-tech industries at the forefront of innovation is a key component to maintaining and improving U.S. industrial competitiveness in an increasingly competitive world," U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke said. "Through these TIP awards, we will help advance cutting-edge research in major growth sectors of 21st century manufacturing, including renewable energy and advanced pharmaceuticals."

TIP is a merit-based, competitive program that provides cost-shared funding for research projects by single small- or medium-sized businesses or by joint ventures that can include higher education institutions, nonprofit research organizations and national laboratories. The nine projects announced today were selected from 110 proposals in the "Manufacturing and Biomanufacturing: Materials Advances and Critical Processes" competition announced last April.

The competition focused on technologies that could significantly improve manufacturing processes for advanced materials such as nanocomposites or in biomanufacturing, which produces vaccines and other biopharmaceuticals.

A list of the winning projects and additional details on the competition may be found in the NIST news announcement, "NIST Announces $22 Million in Funding for Advanced Manufacturing Research in Electronics, Biotechnology and Nanotechnology" on the Web at www.nist.gov/tip/tip_121510.cfm

Michael Baum

National Institute of Standards and Technology

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(301) 975-2763

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