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MForesight: The Alliance for Manufacturing Foresight

About the Initiative: The Report to the President Accellerating U.S. Advanced Manufacturing, produced by the Steering Committee of the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership 2.0 (AMP 2.0) in October 2014 for the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST), calls for the creation of a mechanism to provide coordinated private-sector input on national advanced manufacturing technology research and development priorities. MForesight was established to implement that recommendation. It informs and promote regular and sustained communication and research coordination across the public and private sectors, provides federal decision-makers with timely access to top university and industry experts and responds quickly to requests from federal decision-makers for detailed input on nascent opportunities and priorities in manufacturing. These activities are designed to improve the coordination of federal advanced manufacturing technology and research and development strategies. The Consortium cooperates with the Advanced Manufacturing National Program Office (AMNPO) of NIST, the President’s National Science and Technology Council (NSTC), and the U.S. Government Agencies that support advanced manufacturing to help provide the timely information needed to achieve that coordination. NSF is the program lead and is solely responsible for the solicitation and the resulting award. NIST, acting on behalf of the Advanced Manufacturing National Program Office, is the program co-sponsor with NSF and provides financial and administrative support to NSF.