National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI) Institute Awards

Funding Agency:
Department of Commerce

NIST is soliciting applications for National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI) Institute Awards from eligible applicants to establish and operate a Manufacturing Innovation Institute1 in an area of U.S. advanced manufacturing national need. Proposed Institutes in any area of advanced manufacturing will be considered so long as they do not duplicate the technical scope and programs of both existing programs of federally funded Institutes within the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI), and technical focus area(s) that are identified within any in-progress Institute funding opportunity announced by a federal agency. 

NIST is requiring Pre-Applications under this FFO and NIST will only consider one Pre-Application per applicant; however, an applicant entity may participate as a subrecipient, contractor, or unfunded collaborator within applications submitted by other entities.


  • Duke Internal Deadline: March 22, 2016
  • Required Pre-applications :Apr. 20, 2016
  • Full Proposals: July 22, 2016

Agency Website

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible applicants are non-profit organizations; accredited institutions of higher education; State, local, and Tribal governments; and for-profit organizations that are organized and operated in the United States (including U.S. territories) with majority domestic ownership or control. Federal agencies and Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDCs) are not eligible to apply for this funding opportunity. 



Amount Description

Up to $25 million in federal funds are available in FY 2016 for NIST to perform activities related to the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation. With FY 2016 appropriated funds, NIST will fund one Institute award, subject to the multi-year award funding policy (see Section II.3). NIST plans to make additional Institute award(s) from this competition, subject to the availability of funds. NIST anticipates funding approximately $70 million for each Institute, distributed across five (5) years with the possibility of renewal for an additional two (2) years, subject to the appropriation and availability of funds, required approval of spend plans and the subsequent apportionment to NIST.

Funding Type





Engineering and Physical Sciences

Internal Nomination

Owing to the sponsor's restriction on the number of applications that may be submitted from Duke, anyone wishing to pursue nomination should submit the following materials as one PDF.

* A letter of support from dean/chair - 1 to 1.5 pages
* Project summary - 2 to 4 pages
* CV of project leader

The Office of Research Support has transitioned to a new software system for institutionally limited funding opportunities.  Applicants will need to apply through My Research Proposal.

Instructions for setting up your account and uploading internal applications can be found here: Instructions_FINAL.pdf

Internal Deadline

March 22, 2016

External Deadline

April 20, 2016