PA Invests More Than $3 Million in 45 Student Research Projects to Advance Manufacturing Innovation

Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Secretary Rick Siger has announced that $3,050,357 in grants have been awarded through the Manufacturing PA initiative to 45 student research projects to help advance innovation in several sectors of manufacturing, from autonomous machining to clean energy to medical devices and more. Secretary Siger announced the awards at the sixth annual Manufacturing PA Innovation Program Expo, held recently in Harrisburg.

 The approved projects are part of Manufacturing PA’s fellowship program, which embeds the Commonwealth’s best and brightest graduate and undergraduate students with local manufacturers. Once paired, the students embark on research projects to develop new technologies and advance innovation statewide. Universities that have partnered with a manufacturer can apply for and receive between $25,000 and $70,000 in funding for specific student research projects. 

 “Pennsylvania is home to some of the finest research institutions in the country, and I know the work of the students and projects funded here today will ensure we will remain a national leader in manufacturing and innovation,” said Secretary Siger.

 The 45 projects that received grants are involved in partnerships with local manufacturing companies and the following 15 Pennsylvania colleges and one Pennsylvania hospital: 

  • Bucknell University 
  • Carnegie Mellon University 
  • Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia 
  • Drexel University 
  • Gannon University 
  • Lehigh University 
  • Pennsylvania State University 
  • Pennsylvania State University – Berks
  • Pennsylvania State University – Harrisburg  
  • Robert Morris University
  • Thomas Jefferson University 
  • University of Pennsylvania 
  • University of Pittsburgh 
  • Villanova University 
  • Widener University
  • York College of Pennsylvania 

The fellowship was developed through collaboration with Pennsylvania’s seven research institutions, manufacturers, and industrial resource centers (IRCs) across the Commonwealth and is administered by DCED and Carnegie Mellon University.  

 Since its inception in 2018, the fellowship has granted over $15.1 million to 602 students across the Commonwealth for 234 total projects, and 174 Pennsylvania companies have benefited from these partnerships.