In response to the Strategy for American Leadership in Advanced Manufacturing, a report by the National Science & Technology Council, NSF has released a new solicitation, Future Manufacturing (FM) (NSF 20-552). This solicitation aims to support fundamental research and education of a future workforce that will enable manufacturing that does not exist today or exists at such small scales that it is not viable (“Future Manufacturing”).
The solicitation is relevant to basic research in biology, says Dr. Elebeoba May, program officer in the Systems and Synthetic Biology cluster. “This solicitation encourages interdisciplinary research that pushes the boundaries of what is currently possible in manufacturing. With respect to the biosciences, this is an opportunity to investigate how biology ‘manufactures’ from the molecular to the macroscale and use those insights to inform next-generation manufacturing products and practices.”
There are three thrust areas for FY20 submissions: Future Cyber Manufacturing Research, Future Eco Manufacturing Research, and Future Biomanufacturing Research. Additionally, the solicitation will support the following three award tracks:
Future Manufacturing Research Grants (FMRG) (two types)
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; and
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
Future Manufacturing Networks (FMNet)
Awards in this track will provide up to five years of support at a total amount of $500,000.
Letters of intent are due April 10, 2020, with full proposals due June 5, 2020. Full details on program priorities, program officer contact information, and submission requirements can be found in the solicitation. A webinar will be held on Thursday, Mar. 26. Details will be available later.