On May 9, the Obama Administration announced the launch of a competition to create three institutes centered on manufacturing. The proposed institutes are designed to improve the bridge between research and deployment, to strengthen student and workforce training, to share assets with manufacturing companies of all sizes, and to encourage collaboration between companies and universities. Federal funding for the institutes will be matched by state and local government as well as private industry. The Departments of Commerce, Defense, and Energy along with NASA and the National Science Foundation (NSF) will commit a combined $200 million. The fiscal year 2014 (FY14) budget requested $1 billion for the Commerce Department to create the National Network for Manufacturing Innovations (NNMI) to oversee the institutes. The Department of Defense will oversee two institutes: one centered on Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation and another focused on Lightweight and Modern Metals Manufacturing. The Energy Department will lead the third institute which focuses on Next Generation Power Electronics Manufacturing, specifically wide bandgap (WBG) semiconductors. The competition is open now, and winners will be announced by the end of 2013.