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Deadline: April 22, 2014

Walmart U.S. Manufacturing Innovation Fund

The U.S. Manufacturing Innovation Fund will provide grants in support of applied research projects advancing innovative solutions to key challenges that have the potential to lower the cost of making consumer products in the U.S. More specifically, Projects should advance the fundamental research, development, and commercialization of science and technology solutions to key challenges faced by companies interested in manufacturing their products in America. The U.S. Manufacturing Innovation Fund hopes to help jumpstart a more far-reaching revitalization of U.S. manufacturing, driving job creation and a stronger U.S. economy.

Proposed projects should address a technological innovation that can advance U.S. manufacturing. The following focus areas will be prioritized for funding:

  • Projects reducing the cost of producing textiles and apparel in the U.S.: weaving; fabric dyeing; cut and sew.
  • Projects addressing common manufacturing processes with broad application to many types of consumer products: Tooling for injection molding; and small motor manufacturing.

Amount: Recipients will receive grants ranging from $100,000 and above for award periods of at least one year, with the option of reapplying for continued funding in subsequent cycles. Approximately $10 million in funding will be provided over the next five years.

Eligibility: 501(c)(3) organizations or public universities that are instrumentalities of a state government and have the endorsement of the mayor of a USCM member city (see http://www.usmayors.org/meetmayors/mayorsatglance.asp). Qualified organizations include but are not limited to: research institutions, consortiums, think tanks, and various organizations working on this issue. At least 50% of project teams must be based in the U.S.

Link: http://corporate.walmart.com/global-responsibility/us-manufacturing/innovation-fund

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