The Division of Molecular and Cellular Biosciences announces the release of a new solicitation for Future Manufacturing (NSF 22-568), the cross-directorate program supported by NSF’s Directorates for Engineering (ENG), Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MPS), Biological Sciences (BIO), Education and Human Resources (EHR), Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE), and Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences (SBE), as well as the Office of International Science and Engineering (OISE) and the Office of Integrative Activities (OIA).
Future Manufacturing promotes new manufacturing that will address urgent social challenges arising from climate change, global pandemics and health disparities, social and economic divides, infrastructure deficits of marginalized populations and communities, and environmental sustainability. Future Manufacturing complements existing efforts, supported by NSF and other federal agencies, in advanced manufacturing, but the focus of this program is to enable new, potentially transformative, manufacturing capabilities rather than incremental improvements over current manufacturing.
This funding opportunity supports fundamental research and education for a future workforce to overcome scientific, technological, educational, economic, and social barriers in order to catalyze new manufacturing capabilities that do not exist today, enhancing the U.S. leadership in manufacturing.
Submission and Review Information
Proposals must address one or more of the thrust areas, which for the FY 2022 solicitation are:
(1) Future Cyber Manufacturing Research
(2) Future Eco Manufacturing Research
(3) Future Biomanufacturing Research
This solicitation will support the following two award tracks:
Future Manufacturing Research Grants (FMRG) for up to four years; and
Future Manufacturing Seed Grants (FMSG) for up to two years.
The deadline for proposal submission is March 10, 2022.
Proposals must be submitted through Research.gov or Grants.gov;
FastLane submissions will not be allowed.
NSF will review proposals according to the standard merit review criteria along with specific criteria that are detailed in the solicitation. For full details on submission instructions, solicitation requirements, and contact information, see NSF 22-568.
Opportunities to Learn More
An informational webinar will be held on February 25, 2022, from 1:00-2:00 PM EST to discuss the Future Manufacturing program and answer questions about this solicitation. Details on joining the webinar will be posted here.