Who is in charge of the Network?
The Advanced Manufacturing National Program Office (AMNPO) is charged with convening the network of institutes, as passed in the Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation Act of 2014. The AMNPO is staffed by representatives from federal agencies with manufacturing-related missions as well as fellows from manufacturing companies and universities. The office includes NASA, the National Science Foundation, and the departments of Commerce, Defense, Education, and Energy. By coordinating federal resources and programs, the AMNPO will enhance technology transfer in U.S. manufacturing industries and help companies overcome technical obstacles to scaling up production of new technologies.
Who is in charge of each Institute?
Currently, the Department of Defense (DoD) and Department of Energy (DOE) are each leading institutes on behalf of the US Government, and additional lead agencies may be announced in the future.
The DoD, through the Manufacturing and Industrial Base Policy (MIBP) is currently leading five of the seven established institutes found here. There is one additional DoD-led institute currently in the competition process. Selecting Additive Manufacturing as its first technology focus area, in May 2012, the DoD, through a full and open competition, awarded the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute, now called America Makes. Due to the success of this initial pilot institute, the vision for the NNMI has increased dramatically. Besides providing federal funding, the DoD incorporates lessons learned by previous institute cycles, identifies a lead service for each institute, assembles technical teams, and provides the acquisition strategy to support cooperative agreement.
The DOE is leading two of the five established institutes, and is in the competition process for one additional topic. Although very similar in nature to DoD institutes, the DOE institutes have a focus on clean energy.