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NIST Awards $22M to Manufacturing Research

Photonics.com
Dec 2010
GAITHERSBURG, Md., Dec. 29, 2010 — The creation of substrates for next-generation photonic and electronic devices, and the development of new manufacturing processes for organic photovoltaics and flexible LCDs are among nine research projects awarded $22 million in funding from The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

Funded by the organization’s Technology Innovation Program (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 US industrial competitiveness in an increasingly competitive world,” said Gary Locke, US Commerce Secretary. “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.”

The merit-based, competitive program 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. Its awards are limited to no more than $3 million over three years for a single company project, and no more than $9 million over five years for a joint venture.

The nine projects were selected from 110 proposals in the “Manufacturing and Biomanufacturing: Materials Advances and Critical Processes” competition announced laser April.

NIST promotes US innovation and industrial competitiveness by advancing measurement science, standards and technology in ways that enhance security and improve our quality of life.

For more information, visit: www.nist.gov 


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