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Grants to USA Researchers for Research Projects to Make Advancements in the Field of Manufacturing

Future Manufacturing (FM) Grants


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National Science Foundation (NSF)
Funding or PIN Number: 23-550
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Important Dates
Deadline: 04/19/23 5:00 PM Submitter's Local Time Save

Grant Description
Grants to USA researchers for research projects to make advancements in the field of manufacturing. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take up to several weeks to complete. The purpose of the program is to support research that addresses significant problems in manufacturing.

Future Manufacturing supports fundamental research and education that will enable new manufacturing approaches to eliminate scientific technological, educational, economic, and social barriers that limit current manufacturing. Future Manufacturing will complement existing efforts, supported by NSF and other federal agencies, in advanced manufacturing, but the focus of this program is to enable new, potentially transformative, manufacturing capabilities rather than to improve current manufacturing. Proposals that are incremental improvements over existing advanced manufacturing technologies will not be competitive.

Proposals should provide examples of how the research results could lead to transformational manufacturing advances that address significant problems. They should provide a vision statement describing the new manufacturing capabilities that could be enabled by the proposed research, and the potential industrial, economic, environmental and societal benefits. They should also describe the implications of the proposed activities on the education of a diverse and skilled technical workforce.

The results of the Future Manufacturing program, when translated to practice, should lead to the formation of new industries and organization structures, enable new manufacturing capabilities among a broad range of producers, enhance U.S. competitiveness in the development and production of new products, bolster economic growth, benefit society at large, and educate diverse students and workforce participants with the skills required for leadership in Future Manufacturing.

This Future Manufacturing solicitation will support fundamental research and education in the following two tracks:

Future Manufacturing Research Grants (FMRG): Awards in this track will support fundamental, multidisciplinary, and integrative research and education to enable Future Manufacturing in one or more of the thrust areas described in the RFP. FMRG funding is intended to provide support for several principal investigators with complementary expertise, graduate students, senior personnel (including post-doctoral researchers), their collective research needs (e.g., materials, supplies and travel) and educational activities. The integrative contributions of the team should clearly be greater than the sum of the contributions of each individual member of the team.

Future Manufacturing Seed Grants (FMSG): Awards in this track will provide support to stimulate fundamental research and education in one or more of the thrust areas described below through multidisciplinary team-building, the exploration of new fundamental research concepts or approaches, and the initiation of research and educational activities that could provide the basis for a subsequent proposal for an FMRG.


Additional Eligibility Criteria
The categories of proposers eligible to submit proposals to the National Science Foundation are identified in the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG), Chapter I.E.

Unaffiliated individuals are not eligible to submit proposals in response to this solicitation.

Pre-Proposal Conference
NSF will host a webinar to introduce and answer questions related to the 2023 Future Manufacturing program solicitation (NSF 23-550) on Friday, February 10, 2023, from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM EST.

Program directors will discuss the research thrusts, types of proposals, proposal requirements and evaluation criteria specific to this solicitation. Common questions will be answered in the webinar, and there will be an opportunity to ask questions during the webinar as well.


Pre-Application Information
Full Proposal Deadline(s) (due by 5 p.m. submitter's local time): April 19, 2023

An investigator may be a PI, co-PI or Senior Personnel on only one proposal in each track (FMRG and FMSG). In the event that an investigator exceeds this limit, proposals received within the limit will be accepted based on earliest date and time of proposal submission. The remainder will be returned without review. This limitation includes proposals submitted by a lead organization and any subawards included as part of a proposal involving multiple institutions.

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Number of Grants
Approximately 7 FMRG will be awarded as Standard Grants or Continuing Grants for a period up to four years; and approximately 14 FMSG will be awarded as Standard Grants or Continuing Grants for a period up to two years.

Estimated Size of Grant
This solicitation will support the following two award tracks:
- Future Manufacturing Research Grants (FMRG) - up to $3,000,000 for up to four years; and
- Future Manufacturing Seed Grants (FMSG) - up to $500,000 for up to two years.

Contact Information
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NSF Help Desk: 1-800-673-6188 Help Desk e-mail:

For questions relating to contact: Contact Center: If the Authorized Organizational Representatives (AOR) has not received a confirmation message from within 48 hours of submission of application, please contact via telephone: 1-800-518-4726; e-mail:

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