PD-16-018Y Cybermanufacturing Systems – National Science Foundation

Cybermanufacturing Systems
National Science Foundation

The Cybermanufacturing Systems (CM) Program supports fundamental research to enable the evolution of a wide range of network-accessed manufacturing services that:

  • employ applications (or “apps”) that reside in the “cloud” and plug into an expansible, interactive architecture;
  • are broadly accessible, guarantee reliable execution and have capabilities that are transparent to users; and
  • are accessible at low cost to innovators and entrepreneurs, including both users and providers.

Research areas of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Frameworks for partitioning the mechanical design space to ensure tractability of design-to-manufacturing translation, possibly by part type or application domain;
  • Computer-Aided Design (CAD) engines that facilitate the restriction of design options, possibly by facilitating the creation of generic part designs that can be customized by entering a limited number of dimensional parameters;
  • Product- and domain-focused parametric design apps that connect to manufacturing resources and incorporate process constraints to enable part design and fabrication by users who lack detailed process knowledge;
  • Software systems for generating and verifying machine instructions and providing guidance in design for manufacturability;
  • Model-based process and machine controls that plug-and-play in a strongly integrated and networked environment;
  • Methods for selecting and efficiently allocating networked manufacturing resources;
  • Process and materials selection systems;
  • Methods for establishing and maintaining evidence-based certification and controlled visibility of explicit and implicit assumptions;
  • System architectures that are implementable using existing Internet protocols or that aim to identify the specific changes that are needed to existing Internet protocols to improve their effectiveness;
  • Software and protocols for promoting and accommodating user-developed, interoperating manufacturing apps, including hardware computing platforms, operating systems, and middleware; and
  • Methods for safeguarding the security and trustworthiness of cybermanufacturing system elements and integrating them to support end-to-end assurances.

Collaborations between engineering and computer science faculty are strongly encouraged, as are collaborations with software, networking, internet service and industrial companies, including the partner institutes of the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI, http://manufacturing.gov/welcome.html) and their member companies.

General Information

Document Type: Grants Notice
Funding Opportunity Number: PD-16-018Y
Funding Opportunity Title: Cybermanufacturing Systems
Opportunity Category: Discretionary
Opportunity Category Explanation:
Funding Instrument Type: Grant
Category of Funding Activity: Science and Technology and other Research and Development
Category Explanation:
Expected Number of Awards: 10
CFDA Number(s): 47.041 — Engineering Grants
Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement: No
Posted Date: Mar 15, 2016
Last Updated Date: Mar 15, 2016
Original Closing Date for Applications: Proposals accepted anytime
Current Closing Date for Applications: Proposals accepted anytime
Archive Date:
Estimated Total Program Funding: $3,000,000
Award Ceiling: $600,000
Award Floor: $10,000
Link to Additional Information: NSF Program Desccription PD-16-018Y
Contact Information: If you have difficulty accessing the full announcement electronically, please contact:

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