R&D consortia bring together manufacturers, small and medium businesses, researchers, and state and local governments to facilitate the creation of innovation ecosystems in high-priority technology areas. The technology areas that R&D consortia specialize in are essential to clean energy manufacturing, industrial efficiency, and decarbonization.
What is a Consortium?
Consortia use federal funding as a catalyst to bring stakeholders together to address process and technological challenges in specific technology focus areas. These consortia fall into one of the three categories below:
Manufacturing USA Institutes
The institutes are part of the broader Manufacturing USA network. They may provide shared facilities and/or resources to members to help them develop and scale up new technologies, transfer technologies to the marketplace, and strengthen business capabilities in local businesses.
DOE Energy Innovation Hubs are integrated research centers that combine basic and applied research with engineering to accelerate scientific discovery.
User Facilities provide access to world-class resources and expertise to solve industry's most challenging problems in areas including additive manufacturing and carbon fiber testing and manufacturing.