FY 2013 Budget Highlight on Advanced Manufacturing
If you watched the President State of the Union Address in January, it should come as no surprise that President Obama’s FY 2013 proposed budget includes $2.2 billion for Advanced Manufacturing across all agencies, including NSF, DOD, DOE, and DOC (19% increase for FY 2012). Manufacturing is important to this administration because it represents the intersection of commercial interest, scientific research and development, and job creation.
NIST (Commerce): $708 million for research in smart manufacturing, nanomanufacturing, and biomanufacturing. $21 million for the Advanced Manufacturing Technology Consortia program, which ia a public-private partnerships to develop a long-term plan for industrial research at universities, federal laboratories, and corporations.
- $45 million for Measurement Science for Advanced Manufacturing (NIST lab research on biomanufacturing, nanomanufacturing, speed development, smart manufacturing, and fellowships programs)
- $20 million for NIST Centers of Excellence (Four new Centers and universities)
DOE: The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) has a proposed budget of $290 million (more than double the FY 2012 amount) for its Advance Manufacturing Office. This Office will expand R&D to make advanced manufacturing for energy-efficient and cost-effective. It will also support new advanced manufacturing innovation in biofuels, advanced vehicles, and solar and other clean energy.
NSF: $257 million for research in developing new infrastructure smart systems, which will have the ability to “sense, adapt, and react” through embedded computational intelligence.”
Today the President was in Milwaukee and again talked about Advanced Manufacturing and its importance to the entire American economy:
And the good news is this is starting to happen around the country. For the first time since 1990, American manufacturers are creating new jobs. That’s good for the companies, but it’s also good up and down the supply chain, because if you’re making this stuff here, that means that there are producers and suppliers in and around the area who have a better chance of selling stuff here. It means the restaurant close by suddenly has more customers. Everybody benefits when manufacturing is going strong. (continue reading the rest of the President’s remarks)