The Advanced Superconductor Manufacturing Institute (ASMI) is supported by a $500,000 grant from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). The UH initiative was one of 16 recipients of the NIST planning grant, among 118 applicants in a competitive selection process.  The grants were part of the second round of funding provided by NIST's Advanced Manufacturing Technology Consortia, which was launched in 2013 to promote the expansion of advanced manufacturing in the United States.  Venkat Selvamanickam, M.D. Anderson Chair Professor of Mechanical Engineering at UH, serves as principal investigator for the NIST-funded planning grant. The initiative is supported by the technology and management consultant firm Energetics, Inc.