LIFT serves the U.S. manufacturing sector by supporting innovative manufacturing technologies, and enabling cost-effective lightweighting of components used in transportation systems. LIFT members have the opportunity to leverage significant NNMI federal funding to advance their lightweight material manufacturing capabilities. Target manufacturing sectors include automotive, aerospace, defense, over the road truck, and rail.
Participation in project reviews
Access to all technical information and reports
Access to graduates of the university-funded programs
Technical Inquiry Service – Members may phone or email technical inquiries
Access to LIFT Member Central Website
Virtual Design Review meetings
LIFT provides a range of benefits. The institute’s partners identify priorities for technology, workforce, and supply chain development, as well as provide financial support for precompetitive research. This effort aims to yield results in technology insertion, maturation, and opportunities for commercialization. As part of LIFT’s efforts, team members will develop relevant manufacturing workforce, education, and apprenticeship programs that can reach students at all levels of the education system.
In addition, LIFT IP information is shared based upon membership level. However, usage of the IP may be limited in the form of licenses and other agreements.
Read what small and mid-sized companies have said about being a member of LIFT, as reported in our member survey.
LIFT is creating new ways to support smaller companies, including our new Tech Help Desk.
What is required to become a member of LIFT?
LIFT membership is a tiered structure with a five year commitment. Currently the commitment requires a minimum cash value with the remaining as in-kind. Members must also agree to the terms and conditions of the LIFT intellectual property (IP) agreement, and participation is encouraged in workforce development and training activities as well as job surveys.
The membership fee structure is based on company size and willingness to partner on technology development for lightweight metals. Members must sign the membership agreement containing a number of specific rights and responsibilities. For details, contact LIFT Director of Business Development and Member Relations Phil Chizek at firstname.lastname@example.org or 313.309.9134.