PORTLAND, Ore.—A new technology innovation program (TIP) for advanced manufacturing research in electronics, biotechnology and nanotechnology was funded with $22 million by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), which expects matching funds from research partners to exceed $44 million total.
The two- to three-year programs will research nine targeted manufacturing technologies that offer innovative and promising approaches in a variety of fields in electronics, biopharmaceuticals, renewable energy generation and energy storage.
"These TIP awards will help advance cutting-edge research in major growth sectors of 21st century manufacturing," said U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke.
TIP programs aim to share the funding responsibility for advanced research projects with small businesses by virtue of joint ventures involving NIST, other national laboratories, universities and nonprofit research organizations. The current nine projects were chosen from among 110 proposals received for projects focusing on improved manufacturing processes for nanocomposites and other advanced materials.
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