U.S. presents Materials Genome Initiative strategic plan

This was published on December 6, 2021

The Materials Genome Initiative was launched in 2011 to accelerate the discovery, design, development, and deployment of new materials by harnessing the power of data and computational tools in concert with experiment. The U.S. National Science and Technology Council has prepared the 2021 Materials Genome Initiative Strategic Plan, which updates and replaces the previous plan and reflects the significant advances that have been made over the past ten years. 

The National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) is the principal means by which the U.S. Executive Branch coordinates science and technology policy across the diverse entities that make up the Federal research and development enterprise. A primary objective of the NSTC is to ensure that science and technology policy decisions and programs are consistent with the President's stated goals. 

The strategic plan provides a vision to align the Materials Genome Initiative community across the continuum from research and development through deployment, and identifies goals for the next five years with objectives and actions to be taken by the community to advance the Materials Genome Initiative.

Through an examination of the current materials research and implementation landscape, the strategy document defines three primary goals for the next five years:

  1. Unify the materials innovation infrastructure
  2. Harness the power of materials data
  3. Educate, train, and connect the materials R&D workforce

Achieving these three goals is deemed essential to U.S. competitiveness in the 21st century and will help to ensure that the United States maintains global leadership in innovation of emerging materials technologies in sectors including health, defense, and energy, and to broadly support technologies of the future.

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