News from the Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute (CESMII)

May 14, 2018

Smart Manufacturing consortium announces $10M in federal funding for 10 projects

Los Angeles, CA – The Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute (CESMII) announced the selection of its first public-private partnership projects to advance Smart Manufacturing (SM) technologies in the US.  The ten selected projects, which range in duration from 12 months to 24 months, will receive funding of approximately $10 million in addition to providing an additional $6 million in cost share to advance Smart Manufacturing (SM) technologies.

Forty-one proposals were submitted in collaboration with 62 organizations and spanned six Technical Areas of Interest that propose to bridge the gaps in SM technologies facing US industries today.  Proposals focused on enabling technologies including: Cross-cutting R&D and Reusability, Process and Controls, Sensors, Data Modeling for Machine Learning and Data-Centric Analytics, SM Platform Infrastructure, and Business Practices and Workforce Development.

CESMII members that participated in the project call included a number of leading institutions, government laboratories and industries across the US.

CESMII issued its request for proposals last December, with the goal of bringing innovative SM solutions to the marketplace and addressing CESMII’s objectives to enhance U.S. manufacturing productivity, global competitiveness, and reinvestment by increasing energy productivity, economic performance, and workforce capacity and ensuring Institute sustainability.

“This first set of projects will showcase the value and impact that Smart Manufacturing has across a broad set of Industry opportunities” says Jim Wetzel, Interim CEO of CESMII.  “We look forward to driving, business practices, enabling technology, smart manufacturing capability and workforce development through this investment.  Each project demonstrates a strong partnership between industry, academia and government that will provide unequalled results.”

 “I am very optimistic about the impact these projects will have in the development and deployment of key Smart Manufacturing technologies – we’re off to a fantastic start in this journey,” says Haresh Malkani, CTO of CESMII.

CESMII anticipates a second project solicitation later this summer.


The Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute (CESMII), headquartered in Los Angeles, CA, brings over $140 million in public-private investment from leading universities and manufacturers to focus on innovations that will advance U.S. manufacturing competitiveness, sustainability and innovation.  In partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Manufacturing Office, CESMII brings together a consortium of nearly 200 partners from across academia, industry and non-profits – hailing from more than thirty states.  CESMII is the 9th Institute of  Manufacturing USA, a network of regional institutes, each with a specialized technology focus..

CESMII’s is a national network of Regional Manufacturing Centers (RMCs) each focused on local relationships with opportunities for national impact in the areas of technology transfer and workforce development. The power of this network is cross-linking resources, capabilities and expertise across business, workforce and technical focus areas, leveraging each region’s unique industrial environments..  For more information, visit the CESMII website at:


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