New NSF funding opportunity: Future Manufacturing (FM)

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    from: Henry Warchall <>
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    Dear Colleagues,

    A new NSF program solicitation (NSF 20-522) is now available:

    Future Manufacturing (FM)

    Please see

    for details.

    — Informational Webinar: 1:00 PM EST March 26, 2020

    — Letter of Intent Deadline Date: April 10, 2020

    — Full Proposal Deadline Date: June 5, 2020


    From the Program Synopsis:

    The goal of this solicitation is to support fundamental research and education of a future workforce that will enable Future Manufacturing: manufacturing that either does not exist today or exists only at such small scales that it is not viable. Future Manufacturing will require the design and deployment of diverse new technologies for synthesis and sensing, and new algorithms for manufacturing new materials, chemicals, devices, components, and systems. It will require new advances in artificial intelligence and machine learning, new cyber infrastructure, new approaches for mathematical and computational modeling, new dynamics and control methodologies, new ways to integrate systems biology, synthetic biology and bioprocessing, and new ways to influence the economy, workforce, human behavior, and society.

    Among this array of technologies and potential research subjects, three thrust areas have been identified for support in FY 2020 under this solicitation:
    * Future Cyber Manufacturing Research,
    * Future Eco Manufacturing Research, and
    * Future Biomanufacturing Research.
    This solicitation seeks proposals to perform fundamental research to enable new manufacturing capabilities in one or more of these thrust areas.

    This solicitation will support the following three award tracks:
    (A) Future Manufacturing Research Grants (FMRG) – Two types of awards will be supported in FY 2020:
    — Type I: $500,000 to $750,000 per year for up to five years,
    — Type II: $750,000 to $2,000,000 per year for up to five years;
    (B) Future Manufacturing Seed Grants (FMSG) – Awards in this track will provide support for up to two years at a level not to exceed $250,000 per year; and
    (C) Future Manufacturing Networks (FMNet) – Awards in this track will provide up to five years of support at a total amount of $500,000.

    The goal of this solicitation is to enable new manufacturing that represents a significant change from current practice. Interdisciplinary teams commensurate with the scope of the proposed research, education plan, and budget are required. Proposers responding to this solicitation must include within the Project Description a section titled Education and Workforce Development Plan that describes plans to equip students and upskill the workforce to enable Future Manufacturing. Please see “Full Proposal Preparation Instructions” for additional details.

    FURTHER INFORMATION: An informational webinar will be held on March 26, 2020 at 1:00 PM EST to discuss the Future Manufacturing program and answer questions about this solicitation. Details about how to join this webinar will be posted at

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