ARM — Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing Institute

Fast Facts


January 2017


Mission Accelerate the development and adoption of robotics technologies that are the foundation of every advanced manufacturing activity today and in the future.  The institute leverages a unique, robust, and diverse ecosystem of partners across industry, academia, and government to make robotics, autonomy, and artificial intelligence more accessible to U.S. manufacturers large and small, train and empower the manufacturing workforce, strengthen the U.S. economy and global competitiveness, and elevate the nation’s security and resilience. 

Headquarters Pittsburgh, PA

Consortium Organizer Carnegie Mellon University
Institute Metrics
 as of September 30, 2023
415    Member Organizations

Total Committed Funding on Original and Follow-on Agreements with DoD
$80M    Base Federal Funding
$173M    Base Non-Federal Cost Share

Additional Committed Project Funding
$17M    DoD Projects
$32M    Other Federal Funding
$1M    Academia/Industry Projects

Total Ongoing and Completed Projects
107  Technology Projects
29    Education and Workforce Development (EWD) Projects

Education and Workforce Development
24,966    Participants in EWD Projects or Institute-led EWD Activities from FY20-FY22
Institute Snapshot
The ARM Institute is leading the way to a future where people and robots work together to respond to our nation’s greatest challenges and to develop and produce the world’s most desired products.  Structured as a national consortium, ARM’s members span industry, academia, and government organizations.  ARM integrates diverse industry best practices and institutional knowledge about robotics technologies across many disciplines to realize the promise of a robust manufacturing innovation ecosystem.  Key focus areas include human-robot interaction, interoperability, artificial intelligence, reconfigurable, agile and flexible robotics systems, and easier technology adoption and risk reduction.  ARM also works to prepare the U.S. workforce for Industry 4.0 careers working with robotics.  In defining the robotics career pathways, ARM is working to expand the size, diversity, and skill set of the U.S. robotics workforce.

Institute Capabilities is the only national resource that highlights training that has been vetted by industry experts and provides the skills needed for a career in robotics for manufacturing.  The intended audience includes education seekers - both new to the workforce and those who want to upskill, employers, and education providers.
ARM Endorsement

The ARM Institute Endorsement Program is designed for educational providers, offering courses that map to the Industry 4.0 Competency Framework and Robotic Career Pathways designed by the ARM Member Consortium. Organizations apply for this special recognition and are awarded the Endorsement after meeting or exceeding several compliance areas. 
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The ARM Institute has a state-of-the-art headquarters in Pittsburgh’s Hazelwood Green neighborhood, a thriving advanced manufacturing community.  The institute is an integral part of Pittsburgh’s strategy to define the future of the global manufacturing economy.  This brand-new development provides high-bay space for ARM member collaboration, dedicated classrooms for workforce training, and more.

The ARM Institute’s network of regional collaboratives is critical to ARM’s national strategy.  Eight regional collaboratives consist of volunteer members who serve as an extension of ARM in that area.  These Regional Collaboratives are critical to ARM’s national strategy.  By working with a local regional collaborative, members stay actively engaged with other members in their area, have access to region-specific ARM events, and more.  ARM leverages the insight provided by the eight collaboratives to guide their national strategy, capitalize on regional strengths, and address regional gap.

The ARM Institute has also managed more than 80 projects that address critical technology and workforce needs in U.S. manufacturing. The institute has the program management skills and process capabilities to deliver projects on time and within budget that meet or exceed the needs of the DoD and other organizations, whether it is proof-of-concept or evaluation for transition to industry.