The report identifies a range of critical next steps across several categories:
- investing in translational research and manufacturing innovation
- encouraging pilot production and scale-up for U.S. industry
- empowering small and medium-sized manufacturers
- growing domestic engineering and technical talent
Please join us for the upcoming 2018 MForesight National Summit on June 13 learn more about the outcomes of the Grand Challenges roundtables.
MForesight convened national thought leaders, through a series of regional roundtables, to conduct a major study on the future of U.S. innovation and manufacturing. This project seeks to address “grand challenges” for our manufacturing sector—the degradation of the Industrial Commons, the offshoring of research and development (R&D), and the dearth of financing for “hardware” start-ups and scale-ups. The goal is to identify new actionable recommendations for public and private decision makers to maintain or restore domestic manufacturing capabilities and capture the full value from U.S. R&D investments.
We convened a series of roundtable discussion with regional thought leaders in Austin, Boston, DC, Detroit, Indianapolis, Raleigh, and San Jose during January-March 2018. The MForesight National Summit, to be held in June, will discuss the ideas generated at the roundtables and determine actions needed to focus attention on this critical national challenge. We believe that the results will not only foster a needed national debate but, ultimately, prompt public and private actions to reinvigorate U.S. manufacturing.
The goal is to identify actionable solutions to four overarching, interconnected issues for domestic innovation and manufacturing:
- Maintaining America’s industrial commons: How can the U.S. maintain its ecosystem of skilled trades, engineering expertise, and production capacity in critical sectors?
- Keeping R&D onshore: With strong linkages between R&D and production, combined with growing capacity and funding for R&D in foreign countries, how can the U.S. ensure that private R&D remains here?
- Ensuring financing for “hardware” start-ups ad scale-ups: How can America increase opportunities for manufacturing start-ups to scale-up operations and root production at home?
- Capitalizing on national R&D investments: What steps are needed to ensure that America captures the wealth generated from new products and processes emerging from large national R&D spending?