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Manufacturing USA Technology Roadmap (MFGTech) Program

Cooperative Agreements to USA Nonprofits, For-Profits, Agencies,
Tribes, and IHEs for Research to Benefit the Manufacturing Sector

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U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) - National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

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08/17/21 11:59 PM Eastern Time


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Cooperative agreements to USA and Territories nonprofit organizations, for-profits, government agencies, Tribes, and IHEs for research to benefit the manufacturing sector. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to finalize. The emphasis of this NOFO is on technology roadmapping in areas of critical interest to the nation, including technology areas appropriate for potential future Manufacturing USA institutes.

The NIST Manufacturing USA Technology Roadmap (MfgTech) Grant Program is seeking applications from eligible applicants to develop technology roadmaps for promising advanced manufacturing clusters. These grants will establish new or strengthen existing industry-driven consortia that address high-priority research challenges to grow advanced manufacturing in the United States. See Section I. of this NOFO for the full program description.

For the purpose of this NOFO, a “technology roadmap” is a strategic decision-making tool that identifies challenges, not solutions, and the time frame in which these challenges need to be addressed. Roadmap initiatives foster high-risk/high-reward research, enable the development of transformative tools and methodologies, and change competitors to collaborators.


The Manufacturing USA Technology Roadmap (MfgTech) Grant Program seeks applications from eligible applicants to develop technology roadmaps for promising advanced manufacturing clusters. The impacts from these grants may strengthen existing industry-driven consortia that address high-priority research challenges to grow advanced manufacturing in the United States. MfgTech consortia roadmaps should:

  • Address major technological barriers that inhibit the growth of advanced manufacturing in the U.S. that no single organization could tackle on its own;
  • Identify and prioritize research projects supporting long-term industrial research needs including but not limited to, those identified in the Strategy for American Leadership in Advanced Manufacturing;
  • Create new or update broadly available industry-driven, shared-vision technology roadmaps to support strategic and long-range planning; and
  • Catalyze development and support the maintenance of a technology infrastructure and American excellence in advanced manufacturing, including identifying technology areas appropriate for potential new Manufacturing USA institutes.

Impacts and Outcomes can be found on page 6 of the NOFO. See Attached Files, below.

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GrantWatch ID#: 197275

Estimated Size of Grant:

In Fiscal Year 2022 (FY22), NIST anticipates funding individual awards up to $300,000 each

Term of Contract:

Project performance periods are up to 18 months.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligibility for the program listed in this NOFO is open to all domestic non-Federal entities. Eligible applicants include accredited institutions of higher education; non-profit organizations; for-profit organizations incorporated in the United States (including U.S. territories); and state, local, territorial, and Indian tribal governments.

An eligible organization may work individually or include proposed subrecipients, contractors and/or unfunded collaborators in a project application, effectively forming a team or consortium. Eligible subrecipients are the same types of organizations eligible to be applicants.

Federal entities may participate in teams or consortia as unfunded collaborators, or in other roles allowed by law, consistent with each entity’s authorities, policies, and procedures.

An entity may apply only once as a recipient; however, they may participate in any number of proposals as a subrecipient or collaborator.

Please note that individuals and unincorporated sole proprietors are not considered “non-Federal entities” and are not eligible to apply under this NOFO.

Pre-Application Information:

Dates: Full Applications must be received at no later than 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time, August 17, 2021. Applications received after this deadline will not be reviewed or considered. Paper applications will not be accepted.

NIST expects to complete its review, selection of successful applicants, and award processing by October 2021. NIST expects the earliest start date for awards under this NOFO to be October 2021.

When developing the submission timeline, please keep in mind that: (1) all applicants are required to have current registrations in the electronic System for Award Management ( and; (2) the free annual registration process in generally takes between three and five business days but can take more than two weeks; and (3) applicants will receive e-mail notifications over a period of up to two business days as the application moves through intermediate systems before the applicant learns via a validation or rejection notification whether NIST has received the application. Please note that a federal assistance award cannot be issued if the designated recipient’s registration in is not current at the time of the award.

Non-federal cost share is not required for awards issued pursuant to this NOFO.

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