April 23, 2010 – The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is opening up a competition with $25M in funding on the table for those who have the best ideas for research in materials to support "process-based industries" such as biomanufacturing.
The new Technology Innovation Program (TIP), which is offering $25M for first-year funding (expecting 25 new projects), is soliciting research proposals of "innovative research" in three areas:
- Process scale-up, integration and design for materials advances;
- Predictive modeling for materials advances and materials processing; and
- Process advances that "dramatically improve" new materials processing, or resolve bottlenecks/inefficiencies in production of existing materials.
Efficiently moving new materials from lab to production environments and then market-readiness is a major challenge for manufacturers. Improving critical manufacturing processes to reduce costs, save time, increase quality, or reduce waste are thus key to competitiveness for process-based industries such as biomanufacturing (e.g. biopharmaceuticals, including vaccines), chemical production, and fuel producers.
Proposals for the NIST 2010 TIP competition are due by midnight (EST) on July 15, either submitted through grants.gov (search for "Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) program 11.613" or "Funding Opportunity Number TIP-2010-B01") or sent by snail-mail. Additional details on the 2010 competition, including dates and locations of three "Proposers’ conferences" offering general information, are on the NIST Web site.