CESMII Announces NEW Request for Proposals

Up to $4.8M in Funding for Smart Manufacturing Innovation and Research


Los Angeles, CA, June 15, 2021: CESMII – The Smart Manufacturing Institute™ is driving efficiency and innovation for U.S. manufacturers, through the funding of education, research, and Smart Manufacturing (SM) technology.  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 $4.8M for Workforce Development, Enabling Technology R&D, Smart Manufacturing Innovation Platform (SMIP) capability development and Smart Manufacturing Innovation Projects.

In the area of Workforce Development, we encourage proposals around the development of micro-credential education for upskilling workers, Smart Manufacturing Learning Systems, and educational apps.

In the area of Enabling Technology R&D, we encourage proposals that create reusable SM building blocks, (for sensing, control, analytics, modeling) that impact energy and productivity through process optimization, as well as cost effective sensing and sensor integration solutions for legacy equipment.

In the area of SM Innovation Platform capability, we encourage proposals that can deliver Ontological Models (Knowledge Graphs), SMIP communications and interaction, SM Profile definitions for common equipment and processes, and Predictive Models for common equipment and processes.

In the area of SM Innovation Projects, we encourage proposals that solve manufacturing use cases covering energy savings, performance and productivity improvements, and predictive analytics for manufacturing processes, using the SMIP and creating reusable information models (SM Profiles) and apps for the SM Marketplace.

“This is a very exciting RFP,” states Haresh Malkani, CTO of CESMII.  “This RFP addresses some of the key developments needed to drive the democratization of Smart Manufacturing.  Outcomes from these projects will create tremendous value for manufacturers across all industries and of all sizes, deliver on our Institute Roadmap priorities, and directly impact institute metrics such as reducing energy utilization by 15% and reducing the cost of SM implementations by 50%, in 5 years.”

Link to the Request for Proposal and Supporting Documents


 CESMII is the United States’ national institute on Smart Manufacturing, driving cultural and technological transformation and secure industrial technologies as national imperatives.  By enabling frictionless movement of information – raw and contextualized data – between real-time Operations and the people and systems that create value in and across Manufacturing organizations, CESMII is ensuring the power of information and innovation is at the fingertips of everyone who touches manufacturing.

Founded in 2016, in partnership with Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), CESMII is the third institute funded by EERE’s Advanced Manufacturing Office. The Institute is accelerating Smart Manufacturing (SM) adoption through the integration of advanced sensors, data (ingestion – contextualization – modeling – analytics), platforms and controls to radically impact manufacturing performance, through measurable improvements in areas such as: quality, throughput, costs/profitability, safety, asset reliability and energy productivity.  CESMII’s program and administrative home is with the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA).   www.CESMII.org


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Roy Kok, Marketing Director



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