NSF is hosting a webinar to introduce and answer questions related to the new Future Manufacturing program solicitation (NSF 20-552<>) on Thursday March 26, 2020, from 1:00pm to 2:00pm EDT. Program directors will discuss the research thrusts, types of proposals, proposal requirements and evaluation criteria specific to this solicitation. If you have questions after reading the solicitation, please submit them to [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>.

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The National Science Foundation supports basic research into new, potentially transformative, manufacturing capabilities, in accordance with the Strategy for American Leadership in Advanced Manufacturing<>.  This solicitation encourages fundamental research and education of a future workforce that will enable Future Manufacturing: manufacturing that either does not exist today or exists only at such small scales that it is not viable.

For Fiscal Year 2020, the NSF seeks proposals from multidisciplinary groups of researchers to address challenges in three thrust areas:  Cyber Manufacturing, Eco Manufacturing, and Biomanufacturing. The NSF anticipates $40M funding this year for three types of awards:

  *   Research Grant: 5 years, $500k-$2M/yr. Fundamental, multidisciplinary, and integrative research & education
  *   Seed Grant: 2 years, $250k/yr. Teambuilding, concept development, and research initiation, leading to future proposals
  *   Future Manufacturing Networks: 5 years, $500k total. Form communities of researchers, educators and stakeholders

Letters of intent are due April 10, and full proposals are due June 5, 2020.

Interested researchers can find a description of the opportunity and a link to the details on the solicitation's web page<>, and the full details, requirements, and review criteria can be found in the solicitation<> itself.

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Raymond A. Adomaitis
Program Director: Process Systems, Reaction Engineering, and Molecular Thermodynamics
Division of Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental, and Transport Systems
Directorate for Engineeering, NSF
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