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NNMI: Snapshot

History

After a nationwide outreach effort, the federal interagency Advanced Manufacturing National Program Office prepared the report "National Network for Manufacturing Innovation: A Preliminary Design," issued by the White House’s National Science and Technology Council in Jan. 2013.

In September 2013, the President launched the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership Steering Committee 2.0 (AMP 2.0). AMP 2.0 was a renewed, cross-sector, national effort to secure U.S. leadership in the emerging technologies that will create high-quality manufacturing jobs and enhance America’s 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 his 2013 and 2014 State of the Union Addresses, the President called for the creation of a Nationwide Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI) to scale up advanced manufacturing technologies and processes. He asked Congress to authorize investment—to be matched by private and non-federal funds to create an initial network of up to 15 institutes. Over 10 years, he proposed that the NNMI encompass 45 institutes.

On December 16, 2014, the President signed the Revitalize American Manufacturing Act, into law.

Purpose

In a fiercely competitive global marketplace, innovation is no longer enough. Many nations are increasingly driving innovation to implementation through whole-of-government advanced manufacturing initiatives. Thus the federally backed National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI) is intended to create a competitive, effective, and sustainable manufacturing research-to-manufacturing infrastructure for U.S. industry and academia to solve industry-relevant problems.

Key Objectives

NNMI consists of linked Institutes for Manufacturing Innovation (IMIs) with common goals, but unique concentrations. Here industry, academia, and government partners are leveraging existing resources, collaborating, and co-investing to nurture manufacturing innovation and accelerate commercialization.

As sustainable manufacturing innovation hubs, the institutes will:

  • Develop advanced manufacturing technologies that will "lift all ships," creating, showcasing and deploying new capabilities that can increase commercial productivity.
  • Help businesses who otherwise couldn't invest in advanced manufacturing research, by bringing together the best talents and capabilities from the public and private sector into a proving ground for cutting-edge technology.
  • Build a pipeline of talent that can support advanced manufacturing.

To view a current list of the Institutes, click here.



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