Supporting U.S.-Based Advanced Manufacturing
- The Flexible Electronics Opportunity (2014): One of the key recommendations of this report was that consortia, bringing together industry, universities, and various levels of government, should be used as a means of fostering precompetitive applied research in flexible electronics. In August 2015, the FlexTech Alliance received a $75 million Department of Defense Award to create and manage a flexible hybrid electronics manufacturing facility. The award included cost sharing from non-federal sources, including the City of San Jose, private companies, universities, several U.S. states, and not-for-profit organizations.
- Global Programs to Support Manufacturing: 21st Century Manufacturing: The Role of the Manufacturing Extension Partnership Program (2013) provides detailed descriptions of leading programs to support advanced manufacturing, including Germany’s Fraunhofer institutes, Taiwan’s Industrial Technology Research Institute, and Canada’s Industrial Research Assistance Program. Requested by NIST to accompany the review of its MEP program, the analysis of their best practices has contributed to the development of the U.S. Advanced Manufacturing Partnership.
- Cybersecurity: STEP’s Innovation Policy Forum has highlighted the threat posed by growing cyber-attacks on innovative U.S. industries. Participants at the workshop on “Medical Devices Innovation: Opportunities, Challenges, and Threats” held on September 10, 2014, drew attention to the dangers posed to the public’s health and the nation’s competitiveness from cyber-attacks, which have grown more pervasive and pernicious, and identified policies and practices to prevent and guard against such attacks.