The Department of Energy plans to award $70M in grant funding to support technology development that will boost energy usage and production processes through the Clean Energy Manufacturing Innovation Institute.
The department said Tuesday the institute will create cyber security approaches and technologies, distribute information to U.S. manufacturing firms and assess potential cyber security risks to low-energy production industries through the pursuit of research and development initiatives. The institute will focus on shielding the supply chain network and automation processes.
“Improved cyber security can reduce risks as well as catalyze adoption of more energy efficient technologies in the manufacturing industry,” said Rick Perry, secretary of energy. “This Institute will conduct early-stage research to help U.S. manufacturers remain resilient and globally competitive against cyberattacks.”
Interested applicants have until May 15 to submit their concepts for the five-year grant.