Deadline for NSF: Future Manufacturing Program (FM)
Goal: To support fundamental research and education of a future workforce to overcome scientific, technological, educational, economic and social barriers in order to enable new manufacturing capabilities that do not exist today.
Amount: $3M over four years.
The National Science Foundation supports basic research into new, potentially transformative, manufacturing capabilities, in accordance with the Strategy for American Leadership in Advanced Manufacturing. This solicitation supports fundamental research and education of a future workforce to overcome scientific, technological, educational, economic and social barriers in order to enable new manufacturing capabilities that do not exist today.
For Fiscal Year 2021, the NSF seeks proposals from multidisciplinary groups of researchers to address challenges in three thrust areas: Cyber Manufacturing, Eco Manufacturing, and Biomanufacturing. The NSF anticipates over $32M funding this year for two types of awards:
- Research Grant: 4 years, 750k/yr. Fundamental, multidisciplinary, and integrative research & education
- Seed Grant: 2 years, $250k/yr. Teambuilding, concept development, and research initiation, leading to future proposals
Full proposals are due May 14, 2021. No Letters of Intent are required this year.
Interested researchers can find a description of the opportunity and a link to the details on the solicitation’s web page, and the full details, requirements, and review criteria can be found in the solicitation, itself. The NSF has also posted an overview of the Future Manufacturing awards made in 2020. If you have questions after reading this material, please submit them to FutureManufacturing@nsf.gov.