The Technology Roadmap
The Technology Roadmap Program (TRP) for research and
development is a public private partnership between AISI and the U.S.
Department of Energys (Doe), Office of Industrial Technology.
This joint DOE/AISI collaborative program is designed to (1) increase
energy efficiency, (2) increase the competitiveness of the North American
steel industry, and (3) improve the environment. Each project supported
under TRP meets all three criteria. TRP is unique from other foreign
and domestic programs because the Steel Program is required to pay back
the federal cost sharing.
Technology Roadmap Program is a public/ private partnership. Research is performed by National Laboratories, universities, and private industry, with joint financial support provided by the Federal government, industry, and in some cases State Governments. To insure that research is performance based each project has cost sharing provided by three or more steel companies who also regularly review the projects progress to assure the intellectual property being development is responsive to their needs. All projects are reviewed by DOE to assure that they meet the governments performance goals.
In addition to the financial support, this program also has a large number of intangible benefits to the steel industry that we feel are very significant. The steel industry now has a concentrated industry R&D plan in addition to their own in-house efforts. AISI members are looking at new research and development continually, not only from a company perspective, but also from an industry perspective. TRP introduces the industry new ideas from outside our industry, teaches the colleges about our industry, and provides a training ground for young engineers.
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