The Smart Manufacturing Institute™ is driving efficiency and innovation for U.S. manufacturers, through the funding of Smart Manufacturing (SM) technology, research and education. We do this through Request for Proposals (RFPs), focusing on priorities defined by our mission, strategy and the institute roadmap. This RFP allocates up to $2.0M ($1M in Federal funding matched by $1M in cost share) for Extended Impact and Industry Projects.
Extended Impact Projects will showcase energy productivity and/or operational efficiencies in exemplar industry use cases from energy intensive industries (such as steel, cement, food, chemicals) including the manufacturing supply chains, that could employ, augment, or extend existing SM building block technologies (sensing, control, analytics and predictive modeling) and educational content created from CESMII projects from previous funding cycles. These projects, based on the success story from the previous funding, will focus on additional ideas to showcase the extended impacts.
Industry Demonstration Projects will showcase energy productivity and/or operational efficiencies in exemplar industry use cases from energy intensive industries and/or manufacturing supply chains, that could employ and/or contribute to existing CESMII SM technologies (SM Innovation Platform (SMIP), SM Profiles, and the SM Marketplace). These projects will be led by a large or medium manufacturer, along with several small and medium manufacturers in their supply chain.
“Over the last several RFP cycles, we have been focused on developing SM technologies and training content and have validated and demonstrated them in a range of manufacturing use cases, from energy intensive industries to discrete manufacturing.” states Haresh Malkani, CTO of CESMII. “With this RFP we will set the stage to start moving into scaled impact of SM in key industry verticals and supply chains, thereby contributing to the national goals of greenhouse gas reduction and decarbonization through manufacturing efficiencies. The time is now!”