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NIST MEP Center State Competition for Arizona and Maryland FY 2022

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UPDATE: This opportunity has closed.

2022 NIST MEP Center State Competition for Arizona and Maryland with District of Columbia Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO)

The NIST Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP), authorized by 15 U.S.C. § 278k, is seeking applications from eligible applicants to enter into cooperative agreements to operate MEP Centers in the States of Arizona and Maryland with District of Columbia.  These MEP Centers will provide manufacturing extension services to small and medium-sized manufacturers in the states outlined above. These new MEP Centers will become part of the MEP National Network™, which consists of 51 MEP Centers located in each State and in Puerto Rico, and over 1,400 trusted advisors and experts at more than 385 MEP service locations.  When an MEP Center has operated for a period of 10 consecutive years, a competition must be conducted to select an eligible entity to operate the Center. The MEP Centers in these States are each nearing 10 consecutive years of operation.

To view a PDF of the full Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO), click here.

Please submit your proposals via under Funding Opportunity Number 2022-NIST-MEP-02.

Anticipated Amounts
NIST anticipates funding one (1) MEP Center cooperative agreement in each of the states listed below. Each award will have an initial project performance period of up to five (5) years and will be funded at the following anticipated levels:

MEP Center Location and Assigned Geographical Service Area Anticipated Federal Funding for Each Year of the Award Total Anticipated Federal Funding for 5-Year Award Period
Arizona $1,501,200.00 $7,506,000.00
Maryland to include District of Columbia $1,375,686.00 $6,878,430.00

Funding Instrument: Cooperative Agreement

Who is Eligible?
Eligibility is limited to United States-based nonprofit institutions, or consortium thereof, institutions of higher education, or State, United States territory, local, or tribal governments.  NIST generally will not fund applications that propose an organizational or operational structure that, in whole or in part, delegates or transfers to another person, institution, or organization the applicant’s responsibility for core MEP Center management and Oversight functions. Incumbent MEP Centers that have received financial assistance for ten (10) consecutive years and that the Secretary determines are in good standing are eligible to apply under this NOFO.

Cost Share Requirements
The MEP Center program requires non-Federal cost share of at least 50 percent of the total annual allowable project costs.

Competition Timeline
Below is an outline of key actions and dates. Updates and changes will be posted to this site as needed.

Action Date
Posting of FY 2022 Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for Arizona and Maryland with District of Columbia August 1, 2022
NOFO Virtual Information Meeting August 23, 2022
Application Due Date October 30, 2022
Application Review Period November 2022 – January 2023
Applicant Selections February 2023
Grant Awards Processed April 1, 2023
Pre-Award Webinar June 2023
Award Start Date July 1, 2023

MEP Resources
The following resources are currently available:

Virtual Information Forum
NIST MEP held a virtual information forum on November 22, 2021 for organizations that are considering applying for this funding opportunity.  NIST MEP staff provided general information regarding MEP and the upcoming competition.  NIST MEP also provided information about applicant eligibility, cost sharing requirements, and competition timeline. The recorded session can be viewed at:….

Virtual NOFO Information Session
A virtual NOFO information session was held on August 23, 2022 at 11:00 AM ET. A recording of the webinar can be accessed here: NOFO Webinar - MEP Center State Competition for Arizona and Maryland . Registration was not necessary, and participation in the webinar was not required in order for an organization to submit an application pursuant to the NOFO.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Questions from applicants pertaining to NOFO eligibility, evaluation criteria and selection factors, selection process, and the general characteristics of a competitive proposal will not be considered on an informal basis. Applicants must submit all such questions in writing to mepnofo [at] (mepnofo[at]nist[dot]gov). Answers to such written questions submitted to NIST MEP may be made available to the public as part of an FAQ document, which will be updated periodically on this page.


For General Information

  • MEP Headquarters
    (301) 975-5020
    100 Bureau Drive, M/S 4800
    Gaithersburg, MD 20899-4800
Created July 29, 2022, Updated November 10, 2022