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Robotics, Automation, and Advanced Manufacturing Program Trends by Emerging Tech Category, by Buyers/Programs, by Use Cases and Applications, by Geographic Location, and by Companies (including Underserved)
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The Robotics, Automation, and Advanced Manufacturing technology solutions are set to fuel the evolution in today's world, given the growing accessibility and versatility, coupled with technological advancements, such as, AI/ML, Big Data Analytics, Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), and sensors. U.S. federal government has made strategic investments through various policies, initiatives, and public-private partnerships, such as the CHIPS Act, Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, National Robotics Initiative 3.0, Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing, etc. with an aim to strengthen the market.
This report and accompanying datasets and dashboard provide deep insights into the robotics market, which use cases are being funded, who is investing in them, which companies are winning, and which regions are emerging as the new hotbeds of innovation.
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  • The United States currently lacks the appropriate institutional framework and accompanying operational procedures to support robotics, automation, and ad­vanced manufacturing. This is because industry, government, and academia are largely unlinked and often operate independently, and there is a similar lack of interagency coordination within the Government. To narrow this gap and bolster the country’s growth, the Department of Energy (DOE) in 2023 revealed a $22 million initiative to support 12 state-run programs to expedite the adoption of smart manufacturing at small- and medium-sized facilities. This initiative, funded by the President’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, intends to enhance access to smart manufacturing technologies and high-performance computing within the U.S. manufacturing sector. Furthermore, in August 2023, The Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM) Institute shortlisted eight new short-cycle technology projects and plans to award a total contribution of approximately $3.26M for funding through its 23-01 Technology Project Call.
  • The objective of this report is to cover the federal R&D landscape by examining investments made through SBIR/STTR, Grants, and Other Transactions Awards during FY2018-FY2022.
  • Some high-level insights include:
    • Over $6B spent on Robotics, Automation, and Advanced Manufacturing-related R&D by the U.S. federal government signifying a 222% growth during FY2018-FY2022.
    • 52% of robotics, automation, and advanced manufacturing-related federal R&D awards were made through grants worth $3.1B during FY18-FY22. During the same time period, $900M worth of SBIR/STTR awards were awarded for robotics, automation, and advanced manufacturing-related R&D awards.
    • Use Cases - Market verticals where technology adoption is highest include Aerospace/Defense, Healthcare, Logistics & Warehouse, Retail & Consumer Goods, and Automotive. Examples of high frequency use cases being invested in include surveillance and reconnaissance, robot-assisted surgery, 3D printing, sorting and assembling, goods transportation, product delivery, automated shelf-stocking etc.
    • Agencies - DOD and DOC have awarded more than 65% of R&D awards. Within DOD, the Dept. of Air Force, Army, Navy, DLA, and DARPA are making the most R&D investments. Other prominent civilian agencies include NSF, HHS, DOE, NASA, and DOA which comprises $1.7B worth of robotics, automation, and advanced manufacturing-related awards.
    • 2K+ Suppliers and Research Institutions were awarded robotics, automation, and advanced manufacturing R&D awards during FY18-FY22; Only 22% of awardees were underserved. SBIR/STTR program has utilized the highest proportion of underserved suppliers with 37%, OTAs utilized 24% underserved suppliers whereas grants had the lowest share of underserved suppliers at 11%.
    • Emerging Regional Innovation Clusters - Various innovation clusters are emerging in regions such as Washington-Arlington-Alexandria (DC-VA-MD-WV), Ann Arbor (MI), Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue (WA), etc. These R&D innovation “hotbeds” have attracted the highest proportion of R&D investments.
Table of Contents
  1. Report Introduction
    1. Report Introduction
    2. Introduction and Methodology
    3. R&D Data Sets Analyzed
  2. Defining Critical and Emerging Technologies
    1. Critical Technologies Defined by Various Agencies and Their Policies
    2. Consolidated Critical Technologies based on PSF’s AI-MI Market Ontology Match
  3. Robotics, Automation, and Advanced Manufacturing Market Overview and Industry Trends
    1. Robotics, Automation, and Advanced Manufacturing Ecosystem Mapping
    2. Market Breakdown by Value Chain
    3. Market Breakdown by End-Use Industries
    4. Use-Cases and Technologies in Different Market Verticals Funded by Federal Government
  4. R&D Award Trend Analysis
    1. R&D Awards Growth Trend by Year and Funding Sources
    2. R&D Award Breakdown by Funding Sources
  5. Federal Demand Analysis and Portfolio of Agencies & Programs
    1. Federal Agencies Breakdown by R&D Investments and Funding Sources
    2. Utilization of Different R&D Contracting Channels (Funding Sources) Across Federal Agencies
    3. Example List of Program Offices Involved in Robotics, Automation, and Advanced Manufacturing
    4. Example List of Program Offices and R&D Awards
  6. Portfolio of Companies Winning R&D Awards
    1. Suppliers Involvement Based on Underserved Status
    2. Suppliers Trend Analysis by R&D Awards Across Different Funding Sources
    3. Suppliers Breakdown by Socioeconomic Designations
    4. Comparative Analysis of Underserved Suppliers Across Different Funding Sources (i.e., SBIR/STTR, Grants and OTAs)
    5. Suppliers Breakdown by Number of R&D Awards and Funding Sources
    6. Example List of R&D Funded Suppliers with Capabilities and Experience Data
  7. Other Ecosystem Participants
    1. Breakdown of Venture Capital Firms, Accelerators, Investment Partners, and Other Financing Institutions
    2. Illustrative List of Research Institutions/ Facilities and Universities with Sample Profile
  8. Regional Innovation Clusters Analysis
    1. Top 50 Regional Innovation Clusters by Federal Funding Sources based on Absolute and Per Capita Amount
    2. Top 50 Regional Innovation Clusters by All R&D Funding
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