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National Network for Manufacturing Innovation: A Preliminary Design

The Federal investment in the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI) serves to create an
effective manufacturing research infrastructure for U.S. industry and academia to solve industry-relevant
problems. The NNMI will consist of linked Institutes for Manufacturing Innovation (IMIs) with common
goals, but unique concentrations. In an IMI, industry, academia, and government partners leverage existing
resources, collaborate, and co-invest to nurture manufacturing innovation and accelerate commercialization.
As sustainable manufacturing innovation hubs, IMIs will create, showcase, and deploy new capabilities, new
products, and new processes that can impact commercial production. They will build workforce skills at all
levels and enhance manufacturing capabilities in companies large and small. Institutes will draw together
the best talents and capabilities from all the partners to build the proving grounds where innovations flourish
and to help advance American domestic manufacturing.