No. The statement made was in reference to the Determination of Exceptional Circumstances. Regarding U.S. manufacturing requirements:
1) Under the U.S. Competitiveness Clause of a patent waiver, the Contractor agrees that any products embodying any waived invention or produced through the use of any waived invention will be manufactured substantially in the U.S., unless it is shown to be not commercially feasible to do so. The patent waiver is meant to cover domestic large businesses and is relative to topic areas 1-7.
2) The Determination of Exceptional Circumstances (DEC) requires that any entity having the right to use or sell any subject invention under Core Technology Research (1-2) or Product Development (3-5) must agree that any products embodying the subject invention or produced through the use of the subject invention will be substantially manufactured in the U.S. The DEC applies to topic areas 1-5.
3) Additionally, one of the stated objectives of the funding opportunity is to: Encourage the growth, leadership, and sustainability of domestic U.S. manufacturing within the SSL industry. This is supported by the requirements of the U.S. Manufacturing Plan as described under IV.D.12 of the funding opportunity.