NJ Manufacturing News: National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI)
Dear NJ Manufacturers,
On behalf of NJMEP, I wanted to make you all aware of a Federal Program called National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI)… a fancy way of renaming what many of us would call a “Center of Excellence.” The goal is for the Government to assist in creating 15+ of these in various Manufacturing Sectors – including the most recent release – Bio/Pharma/Life Sciences
So, you know New Jersey has put together a team (including Rutgers, NJIT, NJII, Princeton, and NJMEP) to go after this program and the $70 million in Federal investment over the next 5-years – and – the additional financial support required from the State – expected $250 million in total investment.
So why is this important to you all??
First, it is not a pure R&D program – and comprises key aspects of:
- Industry, Manufacturing & Commercialization
- Enhanced Supply Chain – connecting larger firms with SME’s
- Workforce Development on all levels
Secondly, since the focus is a wide industry-base the program will include many aspects of STEM work including:
- Process & Facility Engineering with In-Plant Support
- R&D and Lab Work – Clinical & Testing
- Pilot Plant Development
- Quality Control
- Pharmaceutical – Continuous & Traditional
- Medical Devices
- Machinery – Complete & Spare Parts
- Material Handling & Logistics
Lastly, in order for us to be successful on this effort…we need industry support from Small-Medium-Large firms in the industry and in supplementary industries. There will be a request for investment as an actual member of this program – and – there will be one for those that can support this in other ways.
This information will be coming soon…along with a short, but informational webinar that helps explain it all at a higher level. In the meantime, please feel free to contact me directly with any questions or comments.
John W. Kennedy, Ph.D.
Chief Executive Officer
2 Ridgedale Ave, Suite 305
Cedar Knolls, NJ 07927