Press Release Summary:
NIST will play important role in Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (AMP), which was announced by President Obama. AMP aims to bring together industry, universities, and federal government to invest in emerging technologies that will create manufacturing jobs and enhance global competitiveness. NIST programs span all "innovation ecosystem" stages, including research, measurements, technologies, standards, and services that enable development and implementation of advanced technologies.
Original Press Release:
President Obama Launches Advanced Manufacturing Partnership
Today President Obama announced a new initiative, the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (AMP), a national effort bringing together industry, universities, and the federal government to invest in the emerging technologies that will create high quality manufacturing jobs and enhance global competitiveness.
According the White House announcement, "Investing in technologies, such as information technology, biotechnology, and nanotechnology, will support the creation of good jobs by helping U.S. manufacturers reduce costs, improve quality, and accelerate product development. The President's plan, which leverages existing programs and proposals, will invest more than $500 million to jumpstart this effort. The President believes that even as we live within our means, we must invest to win the future."
As the nation's national laboratory focused on innovation and industrial competitiveness, NIST will play an important role in the new Partnership program. NIST programs span all stages of the "innovation ecosystem" including research, measurements, technologies, standards, and services that enable the development and implementation of advanced technologies that help U.S. industry become more efficient and competitive.
Specific examples of NIST activities that will support the AMP effort include:
- computational and validated materials databases, data assessment tools, techniques and standards;
- reference materials models and simulations;
- mechanisms for exchange of materials information and best practices;
- consortia to determine consensus standards for materials data interchange; and
- teams built through a Center of Excellence for identifying the critical barriers that can be technically overcome to achieve Integrated Computational Materials Engineering.
The AMTech program aims to fill a critical funding gap for early-stage technology development by improving incentives for creation of industry-led consortia that will support precompetitive R&D. Such consortia will enable technology development and create the infrastructure necessary for more efficient transfer of technology. By convening key players across the entire innovation lifecycle, AMTech consortia will work toward eliminating critical barriers to innovation, increasing the efficiency of domestic innovation efforts and collapsing the time scale to deliver new products and services based on scientific and technological advances. This strategy has the potential to drive economic growth, enhance competitiveness and spur the creation of jobs in high-value sectors of the U.S. economy.
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce.