Program Details

Manufacturing USA, or the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation program, was formally established in 2014. Manufacturing USA brings together industry, academia and federal partners within a growing network of advanced manufacturing institutes to increase U.S. manufacturing competitiveness and promote a robust and sustainable national manufacturing R&D infrastructure.

The Need

Substantive improvements in the health, robustness and innovative capacity of the U.S. manufacturing sector have an unrivaled ability to boost the nation’s global economic competitiveness. For the United States to remain a step ahead of the competition and thrive, we need a cutting edge manufacturing sector.

Manufacturing USA is the catalyst, connecting people, ideas and technology to advance our industry and our nation. Our network of institutes engages the entire manufacturing community with partners in government and academia. Together, we breathe life into promising early-stage research and enable manufacturers to produce their new products quicker and cheaper by using the community to develop new manufacturing processes.  U.S. manufacturing is no longer dark, dirty and dangerous. Instead, we lead the world with clean, safe, visionary manufacturing technology and success.

National Organization

The Manufacturing USA network is operated by the interagency Advanced Manufacturing National Program Office (AMNPO), which is headquartered in the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), in the Department of Commerce. The office is staffed by representatives from federal agencies with manufacturing-related missions as well as fellows from manufacturing companies and universities.

The office operates in partnership with the Department of Defense, the Department of EnergyNASA, the National Science Foundation, and the Departments of EducationAgriculture, Health and Human Services (HHS), and Labor.

The office began as a pilot, recommended by the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST), but the overarching mission has not changed:

To convene and enable industry-led, private-public partnerships focused on manufacturing innovation and engaging U.S. universities.

To design and implement an integrated whole-of-government advanced manufacturing initiative to facilitate collaboration and information sharing across federal agencies.

By coordinating federal resources and programs, the Advanced Manufacturing National Program Office enhances technology transfer in U.S. manufacturing industries and helps companies overcome technical obstacles to scale up of new technologies and products.

History

In June 2011, the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) recommended the formation of the “Advanced Manufacturing Partnership” (AMP) (report). The partnership was led by Dow Chemical Company President, Chairman, and CEO Andrew Liveris, and MIT President Susan Hockfield. AMP was charged with identifying collaborative opportunities between industry, academia and government that would catalyze development and investment in emerging technologies, policies and partnerships with the potential to transform and reinvigorate advanced manufacturing in the United States. Its first set of recommendations, “Report to the President on Capturing Domestic Competitive Advantage in Advanced Manufacturing,” was issued in July 2012.

Subsequently, after a nationwide outreach and engagement effort, “The National Network for Manufacturing Innovation: A Preliminary Design,” was issued in January 2013.

In September 2013, a second iteration of AMP was formed: the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership Steering Committee 2.0 (AMP 2.0). The AMP 2.0 final report focused on a renewed, cross-sector, national effort to secure U.S. leadership in the emerging technologies that will create high-quality manufacturing jobs and enhance the United States' global competitiveness. The steering committee, whose members are among the nation’s leaders in industry, academia, and labor, was a working group of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.

In December, 2014, Congress passed the Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation Act (RAMI Act) into law, which gave Congressional authorization to the AMNPO and authorized the Department of Commerce to hold “open-topic” competitions for manufacturing innovation institutes where those topics of highest importance to industry could be proposed.

In February 2016, the 2015 Annual Report and the first 3-year Strategic Plan were released.

In November 2017, the 2016 Annual Report was released.