Last week, the Baker-Polito Administration awarded four new grants from the Massachusetts Manufacturing Innovation Initiative (M2I2) to “invest in innovative advanced manufacturing projects across the state.” The grants, worth nearly $900,000, were announced on Thursday, July 11, at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI).
In total, four projects received grants, including:
- $303,000 for “Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (SUAS) Using Hybrid Flexible Electronics,” led by UMass Lowell
- $201,600 for the project “Application-Responsive Encapsulation Processes for FHE [Flexible Hybrid Electronic] Devices,” led by UMass Lowell, in collaboration with Eastman Chemical Company, Lockheed Martin, and Acellent Technologies
- $305,700 for “Textile with Embedded and Printed Sensors (STEPS) Expanded Multi-Mission Operation,” led by UMass Lowell in partnership with Boeing
- $82,300 for “Cobots for Kids,” led by WPI, with MassMEP, Quinsigamond Community College, and Worcester-area public schools
“Each of these projects has been selected for the positive impact they will have on our advanced manufacturing ecosystem, from workforce training programs, to new manufacturing process development, and additional equipment that will keep the Commonwealth at the forefront of the innovation economy,” said Ira Moskowitz, Director of Advanced Manufacturing Programs at the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative, the program manager for M2I2.
To date, the Baker-Polito Administration has committed more than $100 million in funding to the M2I2 program and over $50 million in grants have been distributed to advanced manufacturing projects throughout Massachusetts. The program, which allows the state to co-invest in projects that are supported by the national Manufacturing USA initiative, supports research and development, as well as, workforce programs.
To learn more about M2I2 and the programs most recent grant recipients, read the full press release, here.
To learn more about the M2I2 program, including how Massachusetts manufacturers can apply for grants, visit https://m2i2.masstech.org/.