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H.R.6081 - Advancing Innovative Manufacturing Act of 2012
To accelerate research, development, and innovation in advanced manufacturing, to improve the competitiveness of American manufacturers, and for other purposes.
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Ms. EDDIE BERNICE JOHNSON of Texas (for herself, Mr. COSTELLO, Ms. WOOLSEY, Mr. MILLER of North Carolina, Mr. LIPINSKI, Ms. EDWARDS, Mr. LUJAN, Ms. SEWELL, Ms. WILSON of Florida, Mr. CLARKE of Michigan, and Ms. BONAMICI) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Science, Space, and TechnologyCommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
SEC. 2. ADVANCED MANUFACTURING TECHNOLOGY CONSORTIA.
‘SEC. 33. ADVANCED MANUFACTURING TECHNOLOGY CONSORTIA.
‘(1) IN GENERAL- The Director shall carry out a program to facilitate the development of and provide support to industry-led consortia that will identify, prioritize, and address long-term, precompetitive industrial research needs in the area of advanced manufacturing.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(F) To foster broad participation by industry, the Federal Government, institutions of higher education, and State, local, and tribal governments in advanced manufacturing research and development.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(1) support the formation of industry-led consortia composed of representatives from industry (including small- and medium-sized manufacturers), institutions of higher education, the Federal Government, State, local, and tribal governments, and other entities, as appropriate;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(4) promote the transfer of precompetitive technology platforms and infrastructure resulting from consortia research to the private sector and facilitate open access to the intellectual property underpinning those platforms and technology; andCommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(1) the degree to which the activities proposed under the consortia will broadly impact manufacturing and increase the productivity and economic competitiveness of the United States;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SEC. 3. SMALL MANUFACTURER INNOVATION PROGRAM.
‘SEC. 34. SMALL MANUFACTURER INNOVATION PROGRAM.
‘(a) In General- The Director shall carry out a pilot program to enhance the innovative capabilities and competitiveness of small- and medium-sized manufacturers through support for research and development that will promote the field of advanced manufacturing and lead to the commercialization of new products, processes, or technologies for use in advanced manufacturing.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(5) to promote research and development collaboration among small- and medium-sized manufacturers facing similar technical challenges or obstacles, including collaboration along a supply chain.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(1) AWARD PHASES- The Director shall award competitive, merit-reviewed grants, cooperative agreements, or contracts to small- or medium-sized manufacturers in the United States through a uniform process having--CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(B) a second phase to further develop proposals, including the development of prototypes, for which scientific and technical merit and feasibility was demonstrated in the first phase.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(2) APPLICATIONS- A small- or medium-sized manufacturer seeking an award under this section shall submit an application to the Director at such time, in such manner, and containing such information as the Director may require.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(e) Coordination and Nonduplication- To the maximum extent practicable, the Director shall ensure that the activities carried out under this section are coordinated with, and do not duplicate the efforts of, other programs within the Federal Government.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(f) Report- Not later than 4 years after the date of enactment of the Advancing Innovative Manufacturing Act of 2012, the Director shall transmit a report to Congress assessing the program established under this section. The report shall include--CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SEC. 4. INNOVATION VOUCHER PROGRAM.
‘(1) IN GENERAL- The Secretary, acting through the Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, shall establish an innovation voucher pilot program to accelerate innovative activities and enhance the competitiveness of small- and medium-sized manufacturers in the United States. The pilot program shall--CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(B) enable small- and medium-sized manufacturers to access technical expertise and capabilities that will lead to the development of innovative products or manufacturing processes, including through--CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(2) AWARD SIZE- The Secretary shall competitively award vouchers worth up to $20,000 to small- and medium-sized manufacturers for use at eligible research institutions to acquire the services described in paragraph (1)(B).CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(3) STREAMLINED PROCEDURES- The Secretary shall streamline and simplify the application, administrative, and reporting procedures for vouchers administered under the program.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(C) describing any other policies, procedures, or information necessary to implement this subsection, including those intended to streamline and simplify the program in accordance with paragraph (3).CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(5) TRANSFER AUTHORITY- The Secretary may transfer funds appropriated to the Department of Commerce to other Federal agencies for the performance of services authorized under this subsection.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(6) ADMINISTRATIVE COSTS- All of the amounts appropriated to carry out this subsection for a fiscal year shall be used for vouchers awarded under this subsection, except that an eligible research institution performing the services described in paragraph (1)(B) may retain a percentage of any amount received from the Secretary under this subsection to defray administrative costs associated with the services. The Secretary shall establish a single, fixed percentage for such purposes that will apply to all eligible research institutions.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(7) OUTREACH- The Secretary may use centers established under section 25 of the National Institute of Standards and Technology Act (
15 U.S.C. 278k) to provide information about the program established under this subsection and to conduct outreach to potential applicants, as appropriate.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(A) PLAN- Not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of this subsection, the Secretary shall transmit to Congress a plan that will serve as a guide for the activities of the program. The plan shall include a description of the specific objectives of the program and the metrics that will be used in assessing progress toward those objectives.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(ii) an assessment of the impact of such activities on the innovative capacity of small- and medium-sized manufacturers receiving assistance under the pilot program; andCommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(9) COORDINATION AND NONDUPLICATION- To the maximum extent practicable, the Secretary shall ensure that the activities carried out under this subsection are coordinated with, and do not duplicate the efforts of, other programs within the Federal Government.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(11) AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS- There are authorized to be appropriated to the Secretary to carry out the pilot program in this subsection $5,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2013 through 2017.’.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SEC. 5. ADVANCED MANUFACTURING EDUCATION.
‘(b) Advanced Manufacturing Education- The Director shall award grants, on a competitive, merit-reviewed basis, to community colleges for the development and implementation of innovative advanced manufacturing education reforms to ensure an adequate and well-trained advanced manufacturing workforce. Activities supported by grants under this subsection may include--CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(1) the development or expansion of educational materials, courses, curricula, strategies, and methods that will lead to improved advanced manufacturing degree or certification programs, including the integration of industry standards and workplace competencies into the curriculum;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(2) the development and implementation of faculty professional development programs that enhance a faculty member’s capabilities and teaching skills in advanced manufacturing, including efforts to understand current advanced manufacturing technologies and practices;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(3) the establishment of centers that provide models and leadership in advanced manufacturing education and serve as regional or national clearinghouses for educational materials and methods;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(4) activities to enhance the recruitment and retention of students into certification and degree programs in advanced manufacturing, including the provision of improved mentoring and internship opportunities; andCommentsClose CommentsPermalink