Sen. Brown Announces More than $6.2 Million in Funds for Manufacturing, Infrastructure R&D Projects

Companies in Cuyahoga, Franklin, and Montgomery Counties Awarded Funds for Manufacturing and Infrastructure Retrofit Projects

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), today announced $6,286,000 in federal funds to support infrastructure and manufacturing research and development projects in Ohio. The U.S. Department of Commerce's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has awarded funding for three new Ohio research projects in Cuyahoga, Franklin, and Montgomery Counties through the Technology Innovation Program (TIP).

"Manufacturing and infrastructure projects go hand-in-hand with economic development," Brown said. "These funds will create jobs and foster long-term economic growth."

Funding was awarded through a merit-based, nationally-competitive program, which supports high-risk research by small or medium-sized businesses, or partnerships among institutions of higher education, nonprofit research organizations and national laboratories to address critical national needs. The 2009 TIP competition focused on the practical application of advanced materials including those based on nanotechnology, advanced composites, and so-called superalloys or smart materials to be used in public infrastructure systems, including water systems, bridges, dams, levees, roads, and highways. Many experts consider these materials the most critical to potential growth areas for U.S. manufacturing.

Below is a list of the projects receiving funding.



Project Name



Angstron Materials, LLC

Functionalized Nano Graphene for Next-Generation Nano-Enhanced Products



Hyper Tech Research, Inc.

High-Speed, Continuous Manufacturing of Nano-Doped Magnesium Diboride Superconductors for Next-Generation MRI Systems



MesoCoat, Inc.

Advanced Coating Technology for Infrastructure





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