United States (Federal)

17:Advanced Manufacturing Partnership

Policy Description


The Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (AMP) was created in June 2011 to identify challenges and transformative opportunities to improve the technologies, processes and products across multiple manufacturing industries. The Partnership includes entities from government, industry, and academia and is administered by its National Program Office for the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership [1, 2].  

The AMP provides the platform for manufacturing breakthroughs by building a roadmap for advanced manufacturing technologies, accelerating commercialization of products, scaling-up first-of-a-kind technologies, and developing the infrastructure and shared facilities to allow small and mid-sized manufacturers to innovate and compete. Investments are focused on building domestic manufacturing capabilities in critical national security industries; reducing the time needed to make advanced materials used in manufacturing products; establishing U.S. leadership in next-generation robotics; increasing the energy efficiency of manufacturing processes; and developing new technologies that will dramatically reduce the time required to design, build, and test manufactured goods [3]. 

The AMP Steering Committee governs the Partnership and is comprised of leaders in industry, academia, and labor. The Steering Committee issued recommendations in 2012 around three pillars [4]:

  • Enabling innovation
  • Securing the talent pipeline
  • Improving the business climate


The Committee’s recommendations included establishing a national network of manufacturing innovation institutes; creating an emphasis on investment in community college training of the advanced manufacturing workforce; encouraging an approach to evaluate platform manufacturing technologies for collab­orative investment; developing a national strategy for advanced manufacturing; and developing proposals for trade, tax, regulatory, and energy policies for domestic manufacturers [5].

The National Program Office includes participants from all federal agencies involved in U.S. manufacturing to support interagency coordination of advanced manufacturing programs. The NPO’s responsibilities include:

  • Convening and enabling industry-led, private-public partnerships focused on manufacturing innovation and engaging U.S. universities, and
  • Designing and implementing an integrated whole of government initiative to facilitate collaboration and information sharing across federal agencies [6].

National Network of Manufacturing Innovation Institutes

The AMP Steering Committee called for the establishment of a National Network of Manufacturing Innovation Institutes (NNMI), with the aim to create a manufacturing research infrastructure for U.S. industry and academia to address industry-relevant problems. The NNMI will consist of linked Institutes for Manufacturing Innovation with common goals, but unique concentrations [7].

To date, one pilot manufacturing-innovation institute has been established, called the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute (NAMII), with the expectation that another three will be established soon. The new industry-government partnership institutes are called Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation, Lightweight and Modern Metals Manufacturing, and Next Generation Power Electronics Manufacturing [5, 8].

Other Related Initiatives

Additional efforts that support the goals of the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership -- such as job creation, cost reduction, quality improvement, and accelerated product development -- include the following:

The Advanced Manufacturing Jobs and Innovation Accelerator Challenge, launched in 2012, is a multi-agency competition established to enhance existing regional networks of firms and institutions that catalyze innovation, business formation, and job creation. The Challenge aims to assist in the development and implementation of economic development strategies at the regional level to support advanced manufacturing and regional network development [9]. Winners are expected to use their funding to create a coordinated strategy to overcome technical barriers or address unique gaps in their regional network's innovative capabilities in advanced manufacturing. Activities include research and development, workforce training, network development, and business assistance for advanced manufacturing [9].

The Materials Genome Initiative is a multi-agency initiative designed to create a new era of policy, resources, and infrastructure that support U.S. institutions in the effort to discover, manufacture, and deploy advanced materials twice as fast, at a fraction of the cost. Advanced materials are essential to economic and human well being, with applications in industries aimed at addressing challenges in clean energy and other areas [10].

The National Robotics Initiative seeks to accelerate the development and use of next generation robots to improve manufacturing productivity and for a wide range of innovative application areas [11]. 

The Manufacturing.Data.Gov website enables the manufacturing community --  including researchers, innovators, and manufacturers -- to share data on new technologies, facilities, and opportunities that can drive better decisions, create new services, and reach new customers.

Policy Information Expand this section for information on the key features of the policy, such as its date of introduction, categorization, main objective(s) and linkages with other policies.

Policy Categorisation

Policy Instrument Type: Information & Outreach, Information & Outreach

Position in the Pyramid

About Us

Participation: Mandatory


Start Date: 2011

Agencies Responsible

Environmental Protection Agency

Primary Objective: Other (environmental)


­Maintaining U.S. leadership in emerging technologies that create high-quality manufacturing jobs and enhance its global competitiveness

Target Group


Driver of energy consumption or emissions affected by policy: Total Energy Use

Implementation Information Expand this section for information on targets, monitoring, verification and enforcement regimes, and implementation requirements and tools.



Quantitative Target? no

Progress Monitored? no

Verification Required? no

Enforced? no

Requirements on the Target Group


Support by Government

  • Through the innovation institutes, the Government will provide research and development in the advanced manufacturing sector. Through the Challenge, the Government indirectly supports training, research, and business assistance.

Implementation Toolbox

  • The AMP Steering Committee lays out the goals for the Partnership and the AMP National Office administers the Partnership. For supporting initiatives, such as the NNMI and the Accelerator Challenge, the Government undergoes a rigorous round for selection based on various criteria. 

Complexity of Implementation


The initiative involves building partnerships with industry and academia to identify challenges and opportunities to across multiple manufacturing industries. Providing grant announcements and making award decisions may be the most sensitive and complex aspect of this initiative.

Target Group

Participation from an industry standpoint is from being an innovation institute or participating in the competition. The effort required in this initiative is medium since partnerships need to be forged, industry needs to develop plans to become self sustaining, address IP issues, cost sharing issues, governance etc.

Impacts, Costs & Benefits Expand this section to find information on policy effectiveness and efficiency.

Impact Quantitative Estimate Qualitative Estimate
Estimated effect on energy consumption or emissions ­- Administration has requested a total of $1 billion in its Budget for establishing NNMI [7]. This has not been approved as of November 2013. Funding for institutes to date has primarily come from sponsoring federal agencies, the Department of Defense and the Department of Energy. ­- In 2012, the Advanced Manufacturing Jobs and Innovation Accelerator Challenge awarded $20 million to 10 public-private partnerships [12].
Estimated costs/benefits for industry NA
Estimated cost for government

References & Footnotes


(*1) Advanced Manufacturing Portal (2013). Advanced Manufacturing Partnership 2.0 home page, Available at http://www.manufacturing.gov/amp.html

(*2) NIST (2011). National Program Office for the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership, December 2011, Available at http://www.nist.gov/public_affairs/releases/npo-121911.cfm

(*3) White House (2011). President Obama Launches Advanced Manufacturing Partnership. Available at http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/06/24/president-obama-launches-advanced-manufacturing-partnership

(*4) White House (2012). Report to the President on Capturing Domestic Competitive Advantage in Advanced Manufacturing, Available at http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/microsites/ostp/pcast_amp_steering_committee_report_final_july_17_2012.pdf

(*5) White House (2013). President Obama Launches Advanced Manufacturing Partnership Steering Committee “2.0”, Available at http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/09/26/president-obama-launches-advanced-manufacturing-partnership-steering-com

(*6) Advanced Manufacturing Portal (2013).AMNPO Home Page, Available at http://www.manufacturing.gov/amnpo.html

(*7) Advanced Manufacturing Portal (2013). NNMI Home Page, Available a t http://www.manufacturing.gov/nnmi.html

(*8) White House (2013). Obama Administration Launches Competition for Three New Manufacturing Innovation Institutes, Available at http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/05/09/obama-administration-launches-competition-three-new-manufacturing-innova

(*9) DOE (2013). Advanced Manufacturing Jobs and Innovation Accelerator Challenge Home Page, Available at http://www1.eere.energy.gov/manufacturing/amp/accelerator.html

(*10) Advanced Manufacturing Portal (2013).AMNPO Other Initiatives Home Page, Available at http://manufacturing.gov/other_initiatives.html

(*11) National Science Foundation (2013) . National Robotics Initiative. Available at http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=503641&org=CISE

(*12) Department of Commerce (2012). “Obama Administration Announces $20 Million for 10 Public-Private Partnerships to Support American Manufacturing and Encourage Investment in the U.S.” Available at http://www.commerce.gov/news/press-releases/2012/10/09/obama-administration-announces-20-million-10-public-private-partnersh