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Manufacturing Machines and Equipment (MME)

Status: Archived

Archived funding opportunity

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Important information for proposers

All proposals must be submitted in accordance with the requirements specified in this funding opportunity and in the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) that is in effect for the relevant due date to which the proposal is being submitted. It is the responsibility of the proposer to ensure that the proposal meets these requirements. Submitting a proposal prior to a specified deadline does not negate this requirement.


The MME program supports fundamental research that enables the development of new and/or improved manufacturing machines and equipment, and optimization of their use, with a particular focus on equipment appropriate for the manufacture of mechanical and electromechanical devices, products, and systems featuring scales from microns to meters (proposals relating to nanomanufacturing should be submitted to the CMMI NanoManufacturing program, and those relating to the manufacture of electronic devices such as IC products should be submitted to the ECCS Division). Proposals relating to a wide range of manufacturing operations are encouraged, including both subtractive and additive processes, forming, bonding/joining, and laser processing.  Proposals that will enable innovations in one or more of the Manufacturing USA institutes' focus areas (https://www.manufacturing.gov/nnmi-institutes/) and leverage the facilities, infrastructure and member companies of an institute, are also encouraged.

Competitive projects will propose hypothesis-driven research that advances the frontiers of knowledge in relevant areas. Proposals submitted to the MME program should include a clearly articulated research (not developmental) objective and a coherent plan to accomplish the stated objective. Both experimental and theoretical work are supported. The Project Description must contain, as a separate section within the narrative, a section labeled "Broader Impacts." 

Proposals accepted for consideration in the MME program must be fully compliant with the most recent version of the NSF Grant Proposal Guide (GPG). Persons submitting proposals to the program should review the GPG (http://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=gpg) as it is updated frequently and submission requirements change. REU/RET supplement requests are accepted between October 1 and the following March 31 each year (http://nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=138772&org=CMMI).  Investigators wishing to serve on a proposal review panel should send an email to the Program Director with a short biographical sketch, a list of areas of expertise and a link to their home page.

Program contacts

Steven R. Schmid
sschmid@nsf.gov (703) 292-8611
Brigid A. Mullany
bmullany@nsf.gov (703) 292-4453

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