For Immediate Release:

December 12, 2017

 

FUNDING FOR SMART MANUFACTURING PROJECTS ANNOUNCED

Over $10 Million Available for Innovative Projects

 

The Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute (CESII) has issued its first Request for Proposals (RFP) calling on members of the manufacturing community to respond with their ideas for projects to propel Smart Manufacturing (SM) technologies forward in factories and facilities around the country. The deadline for proposals is January 31, 2018. 

CESMII defines Smart Manufacturing (SM) as the business, technology, infrastructure, and workforce practice of optimizing manufacturing through the use of engineered systems that integrate operational technologies and information technologies (OT/IT). CESMII’s focus is the development and integration of advanced sensors, controls, platforms and high performance computational models to help companies of all sizes across a variety of manufacturing industries and technology providers realize the benefits of SM and make U.S. manufacturers more competitive. 

CESMII, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Manufacturing Office, brings over $140 million in public-private investment to enable Smart Manufacturing technologies and systems to become the driving, sustainable engine that delivers real-time business and energy improvements in U.S. manufacturing today and tomorrow. CESMII’s mission is to radically accelerate the development and adoption of advanced sensors, controls, platforms, and models for U.S. manufacturing through integrated industry-led SM technical, business and educational mythologies. 

CESMII has identified key technologies and areas of interest in the RFP to shape the scope and purpose of the proposed projects as first described in the CESMII Roadmap strategic document. The four pillars of work described in the roadmap including business practices, enabling technologies, workforce development and the SM platform infrastructure, are guiding principles for the direction of these member-led projects.  

The types of projects proposed include:

  • Cross-cutting R&D and Reusability (Enabling Technologies)
  • Process and Controls (Enabling Technologies)
  • Sensors (Enabling Technologies)
  • Data Modeling for Machine Learning and Data-Centric Analytics (Enabling Technologies)
  • SM Platform Infrastructure
  • Workforce Development

This is the first round of funding advertised by the organization. A webinar is scheduled (12/13/17) to provide additional information and guidance on proposal preparation. The following is the schedule of main activities related to this RFP.