NSF’s Future Manufacturing (FM) Program

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 encourages 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. 


For Fiscal Year 2020, 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 $40M funding this year for three types of awards:

  • Research Grant: 5 years, $500k-$2M/yr. Fundamental, multidisciplinary, and integrative research & education
  • Seed Grant: 2 years, $250k/yr. Teambuilding, concept development, and research initiation, leading to future proposals
  • Future Manufacturing Networks: 5 years, $500k total. Form communities of researchers, educators and stakeholders

Letters of intent are due April 10, and full proposals are due June 5, 2020.


An informational webinar will be held on March 26, 2020 at 1:00 PM EDT to discuss the Future Manufacturing program and answer questions about this solicitation. Details about how to join this webinar will be posted at https://www.nsf.gov/div/index.jsp?div=CMMI.


The solicitation's web page, which has a description of the opportunity and a link to the details, is here:



Detailed solicitation information, requirements, and review criteria can be found here: