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NIST announces Technology Innovation programme

Posted: 21 Dec 2010     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:manufacturing  research  electronics  biotechnology  nanotechnology 

The U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is providing Rs.98.27 crore ($22 million) in funds and expects matching funds from research partners to exceed Rs.196.55 crore ($44 million) as part of a technology innovation programme (TIP) for manufacturing research.

Projects in the in the fields of electronics, biotechnology, nanotechnology, biopharmaceuticals, renewable energy generation and energy storage are considered.

According to Gary Locke, U.S. commerce secretary, "These TIP awards will help advance cutting-edge research in major growth sectors of 21st century manufacturing."

TIP programmes aim to share the funding responsibility for advanced research projects with small businesses by virtue of joint ventures involving NIST, other national laboratories, universities and nonprofit research organisations. The current nine projects were chosen from among 110 proposals received for projects focusing on improved manufacturing processes for nanocomposites and other advanced materials.

The awardees are listed below.

ActaCell Inc.
Volume Production of Nanocomposite Alloy Anode Materials for Lithium-Ion Batteries
Project length: 3 years
Requested TIP funding: Rs.13.40 crore ($3 million)
Project total (est.): Rs.27.70 crore ($6.2 million)
Project Goal: To develop technology necessary to scale up production of the company's novel nanocomposite material for high-performance lithium batteries by a factor of a thousand, potentially enabling safe, powerful and economical batteries for electric vehicles and other demanding applications.

Kent Displays Inc.
Process Innovation for High Technology Manufacturing of Flexible Liquid Crystal Displays
Project length: 3 years
Requested TIP funding: Rs.13.40 crore ($3 million)
Project total (est.): Rs.26.80 crore ($6 million)
Project Goal: To develop a suite of integrated processes for efficient, "roll-to-roll" manufacturing of flexible, reflective displays for high-volume product markets.

Sinmat Inc.
Low-Cost, Scalable Manufacturing of Surface-Engineered Super-Hard Substrates for Next-Generation Electronics and Photonic Devices
Project length: 3 years
Requested TIP funding: Rs.10.72 crore ($2.4 million)
Project total (est.): Rs.21.44 crore ($4.8 million)
Project Goal: To develop the means to fabricate high-quality, super-hard substrates in a rapid, reliable, scalable and cost-effective manner.

Polyera Corp.
Synthesis of High-Efficiency Organic Photovoltaics for Scalable, Cost-Effective Manufacturing
Project length: 2 years
Requested TIP funding: Rs.8.93 crore ($2 million)
Project total (est.): Rs.22.34 crore ($5 million)
Project Goal: To develop novel processes for manufacturing organic photovoltaic materials to enable large-scale manufacturing of high-performance, flexible solar-energy modules.

Isogenis Inc.
Manufacturing of Fully Deleted Helper-Virus Independent Adenoviral Vectors
Project length: 3 years
Requested TIP funding: Rs.12.06 crore ($2.7 million)
Project total (est.): Rs.24.57 crore ($5.5 million)
Project Goal: To develop and optimise standardised manufacturing systems for a novel type of pharmaceutical-grade gene transfer vehicle for vaccination, gene therapy and tissue transplantation applications.

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