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100 Bureau Drive, M/S 4800
Gaithersburg, MD 20899-4800

State Technology Extension Assistance Project for the State of Alaska

NIST provides technical assistance to State technology extension programs throughout the United States. The purpose of this FFO is to support the region of Alaska by funding an analysis of their manufacturing base that may lead to the creation of an MEP Center under a separate competitive process.

The State of Alaska is seeking to diversify their economy by growing their manufacturing base including the development of both new and existing manufacturers in order to provide jobs, a strong tax base and future economic strength. NIST assistance is to help the state engage the manufacturing community and potential partner and service provider communities in organizing a more effective and efficient system for supporting the global competitiveness of small and mid-sized manufacturers through technical assistance services. NIST MEP collaborative assistance is necessary to examine critical manufacturing industries, industry barriers and needs, federal state and local resources available to small and mid-sized manufacturers as well as the gaps in those services that if addressed would lead to a stronger manufacturing base. The collaborative assistance would enable Alaska to consider unique approaches, designs and critical elements of success for a Manufacturing Extension Partnership Center in the region.

Anticipated Amounts: NIST anticipates funding approximately one (1) application at the level of up to $150,000 for a project in the State of Alaska. The project awarded under this FFO will have a budget and performance period of up to six (6) months.

Dates: Electronic applications must be received no later than 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time, Tuesday, October 1, 2013. Paper applications must be received by NIST by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Tuesday, October 1, 2013. Applications received after the respective deadline will not be reviewed or considered. The approximate start date for an award under this FFO is expected to be approximately February 2014.

To view the full Federal Funding Opportunity, click here. To download a copy, please click here.

Please submit your proposals via under Funding Opportunity number 2013-NIST-MEP-STEP-AK-01

State Technology Extension Assistance Project for the State of Alaska Competition Time-line
Below is an outline of the key steps during the State Technology Extension Assistance Project for the State of Alaska Competition. These actions will take place over the next several months. Updates and changes will be posted to this site as needed.

  • August 2, 2013 – Post Federal Funding Opportunity (FFO) (60 Day Posting)
  • August 21, 2013 Information Webinar Conducted
  • October 1, 2013 – All Proposals due (refer to FFO for specifics)
  • October - December 2013 – Review Process Continues and Selection of Proposed Awardees
  • January – February 2014 – Preparation/Review and Execution of Official Award Package

Information Webinar:
An information webinar was held on Wednesday, August 21, 2013. Both the presentation slides and recording are available online. Click on the buttons below to view them. 

Webinar Recording  Slide set 1


Please submit questions regarding this request for information to Diane Henderson @ An FAQ document will be posted as questions are received.