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Federal Funding Opportunities
The National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) works with small and mid-sized U.S. manufacturers to help them create and retain jobs, increase profits, and save time and money. The nationwide network provides a variety of services, from innovation strategies to process improvements to green manufacturing. MEP also works with partners at the state and federal levels on programs that put manufacturers in position to develop new customers, expand into new markets and create new products.
NIST MEP advocates Federal Funding Opportunities (FFO) for projects designed to enhance the productivity, technical performance and global competitiveness of U.S. Manufacturers. FFO's are implemented through MEP's National system consisting of; 60 Centers, 440 Service Locations, 1,300 Center Staff and over 2,100 Service Providers. These opportunities help encourage the creation and adaption of improved technologies and provide resources to develop new products that respond to changing market needs.
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Embedding MEP in NNMI Institutes Pilot Projects
NIST invites proposals from current MEP Centers to pilot test approaches to provide needed technology acceleration assistance to small and mid-sized U.S. manufacturers (hereinafter referred to as small U.S. manufacturers) through the establishment of meaningful and results oriented collaborations between the nationwide system of Centers operating as part of the NIST Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) Program (hereinafter referred to as NIST MEP), and the Institutes participating in the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI). Learn More
Regional Forums for MEP State Competitions (4)
The National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) intends to publish an announcement in July 2016 of funding availability for MEP Centers in the following eleven (11) states: Delaware, Hawaii, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Mississippi, New Mexico, Nevada, North Dakota, South Carolina and Wyoming. Prior to the announcement of this federal funding opportunity, NIST MEP is conducting three regional forums to provide interested entities more information about the MEP program, the state competition, and answer any questions regarding this funding announcement. Learn More.
NIST MEP anticipates announcing the competitions for an additional eleven (11) states in July 2016, with new MEP Center cooperative agreement awards anticipated to start in April 2017. States involved are: Delaware, Hawaii, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Mississippi, New Mexico, Nevada, North Dakota, South Carolina, Wyoming.
The list of specific states may change from time to time until finalized in the announcements of funding availability. In addition, NIST MEP plans conduct approximately two to three regional forums prior to or in conjunction with each publication of these announcements. These forums will provide general information regarding MEP and offer general guidance on preparing proposals. Download Notice of Intent
MEP State Competitions (3) Closed April 25, 2016
NIST invites applications from eligible organizations in connection with NIST’s funding up to thirteen (13) separate MEP cooperative agreements for the operation of an MEP Center in the States of Alabama, Arkansas, California, Georgia, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Missouri, Montana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Utah and Vermont. Learn More
MEP State Partnership Support Project
Closed February 29, 2016
NIST invites proposals from eligible and qualified organizations to support efforts of the MEP Program, including MEP Centers and the entire MEP system of partners, to develop and enhance effective collaborative relationships with states and other stakeholders. These activities will advance the MEP’s network of relationships with state stakeholders and partners to help MEP achieve its mission of improving productivity and technological performance in United States manufacturing. Learn More
MEP State Competitions (2) Closed June 5, 2015
NIST invites applications from eligible organizations in connection with NIST’s funding up to twelve (12) separate MEP cooperative agreements for the operation of an MEP Center in the States of Alaska, Idaho, Illinois, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Utah, Washington, West Virginia and Wisconsin. Learn More
MEP State Competitions (1) Closed February 24, 2015
NIST invites applications from eligible applicants in connection with NIST’s funding up to ten (10) separate MEP cooperative agreements in the designated States’ service areas and in the funding amounts identified below. NIST anticipates awarding one (1) cooperative agreement for each of the identified States. The objective of the MEP Center Program is to provide manufacturing extension services primarily to small and medium-sized manufacturers within the State designated in the applications. The selected MEP Centers will become part of the MEP national system of extension service providers, currently comprised of more than 400 Centers and field offices located throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. Learn More
Business-to-Business Network Pilots Closed December 2, 2014
NIST invites eligible applicants to submit proposals to establish pilot projects that will develop, deploy and maintain a Business-to-Business Network (B2B Network) to support active business opportunity, supplier, technology and/or market matching within regions of the Manufacturing Extension Partnership System. Regions may be those of individual Centers, multi-Center, state-wide or multi-state. Proposed projects should consist of teams with expertise in business opportunity identification, technology identification and translation, and market and technology scouting. Learn More
Manufacturing Extension Partnership Center for Florida
Closed May 14, 2014
NIST invites applications from eligible applicants for funding one (1) MEP center to provide manufacturing extension services to primarily small- and medium-sized manufacturers in the state of Florida. The MEP center will become part of the MEP national system of extension service providers, currently comprised of more than 400 centers and field offices located throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. Lean More
Manufacturing Extension Partnership Center for Nebraska - Closed December 2013
These MEP centers will become part of the MEP national system of extension service providers, currently comprised of more than 400 centers and field offices located throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. Learn More
State Technology Extension Assistance Project for State of Alaska Closed October 1, 2013.
NIST provides technical assistance to State technology extension programs throughout the United States. The purpose of this FFO is to provide NIST financial support, technical assistance and advice in understanding the technical needs of small and mid-sized manufacturers in Alaska as the state seeks to diversify their manufacturing base. This may lead to the future creation of a Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) Center in the State of Alaska. This award will continue to promote increased coordination and communication within the state. NIST invites applications from eligible applicants for a project 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 in the state through technical assistance services and the application of science and technology. To view the full federal funding opportunity, click here.
Manufacturing Technology Acceleration Center (M-TAC) Pilot Projects Closed September 27, 2013.
NIST invites proposals from eligible applicants to conduct approximately two (2) pilot projects that will inform future NIST investment leading to the development of a network of Manufacturing Technology Acceleration Centers (M-TACs). The emphasis of these pilots will be to demonstrate the conduct of technology transition and commercialization activities with small and mid-sized U.S. manufacturers to foster their readiness to adopt and/or adapt advanced technologies into their manufacturing processes and products. The pilots will specifically focus on addressing the technical and business challenges encountered by small and mid-sized U.S. manufacturers as they attempt to integrate, adopt, transition, and commercialize both existing and emerging product and process technologies into their operations to help them grow and compete within manufacturing supply chains as innovative, value-adding components of our nation’s economy. To view the full federal funding opportunity, click here.
Announcement of Request for Information (RFI) Pilots to Inform the Creation of Potential New M-TACs Closed August 5, 2013
On June 21, 2013, NIST solicited public comments for a Federal Funding Opportunity (FFO), anticipated in fiscal year 2014 (FY14), that will competitively fund a select number of new M-TACs. This Request For Information (RFI) seeks comments relating to four primary issue areas: (1) technology transition and commercialization tools and services that should be provided by M-TACs; (2) M-TAC roles relating to supply chain needs; (3) potential business models for M-TACs; and (4) M-TAC performance and impact metrics. In addition, NIST seeks comments relating to other critical issues that NIST should consider in its strategic planning for future M-TAC investments. To view the full request for information, please click here.
In total, NIST received twenty-three (23) separate responses to the RFI from industry, nonprofit organizations, MEP affiliate centers, academia and university centers, and economic development organizations, representing the viewpoints of twenty-six (26) separate entities. To view the RFI responses that were submitted to NIST, please click here.
Make it in America Challenge - Closed May 31, 2013
The Make it in America Challenge will provide up to $40 million in competitive grant funding through the US Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Agency and NIST Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NIST MEP), DOL’s Employment and Training Administration, and the Delta Regional Authority. This collaboration allows applicants to submit one application to support the development and implementation of a regional economic development strategy accelerating job creation by encouraging re-shoring by U.S. firms, fostering Foreign Direct Investment, encouraging U.S. companies to keep or expand their businesses in the United States, and training local workers. Learn More
Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) Centers for Arizona, Maryland, and Rhode Island - Closed October 2012
NIST invites proposals from eligible proposers for funding three (3) separate MEP centers to provide manufacturing extension services to primarily small and medium-sized manufacturers in three separate locations, Arizona, Maryland, and Rhode Island. Learn More
Advanced Manufacturing Jobs and Innovation Accelerator Challenge - Closed July 2012
The Obama Administration announced a $26 million Advanced Manufacturing Jobs and Innovation Accelerator Challenge to boost regionally-driven economic development strategies that support advanced manufacturing clusters. Learn More
Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) Centers for South Dakota and Kentucky - Closed July 2012
NIST invites proposals from eligible proposers for funding two (2) separate MEP centers to provide manufacturing extension services to primarily small and medium-sized manufacturers in two separate locations, South Dakota and/or Kentucky. Learn More
Building Construction Technology Extension Program (BCTEP) Pilot Projects
2012-BCTEP-01 - Closed July 2012
The pilot program will address increasing energy efficiency in commercial and industrial building operations. Learn More
Energy Efficiency Building Systems Regional Innovation Cluster - Closed May 2012
The National Institute of Standards and Technology's Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) will be supporting the creation of a regional research center that will develop new energy-efficiency technologies for buildings. MEP is taking part in an interagency initiative to establish an Energy Regional Innovation Cluster (E-RIC). The new regional center, announced by the Obama Administration, will receive up to $129.7 million in support from seven federal agencies over the next five years. The E-RIC will be established in a U.S. region to be selected through a competitive process. The center will be based at a university, Department of Energy laboratory or private firm, and will work with local partners to develop and implement energy-efficiency building technologies in area buildings. Learn More
State Partnerships - Closed April 2011
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) invites proposals from qualified organizations for projects in the areas noted below. These activities will enhance the Manufacturing Extension Partnership's (MEP)relationships with state stakeholders and partners to improve productivity and technological performance in United States manufacturing, achieving the MEP mission through the participation of individuals from industry, universities, State governments, other Federal agencies. Learn More
Manufacturer's Global Competitiveness - Closed October 2010
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) today announced $9.1 million in cooperative agreements for 22 projects designed to enhance the productivity, technological performance and global competitiveness of U.S. manufacturers. Learn More
Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) Growth Strategy Development.
- August 2010
Availability of funds for projects to develop business models and training for growth transformation that integrate into MEP Strategic Growth Areas. Learn More
Manufacturing Extension Partnership Centers for Arizona, Chicago region of the State of Illinois, and identified counties in Central Pennsylvania. - Closed April 2010
These projects will establish manufacturing extension centers under the Manufacturing Extension Partnership Program for three regions including the state of Arizona, Chicago region of the state of Illinois and the identified counties in Central Pennsylvania. Learn More