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Update on Request for Information on Identification of New Capabilities Needed by the Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership Program

Update: On December 14, 2016 NIST solicited public comments relating to a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for awards anticipated in fiscal year 2017 (FY17), through the publication in the Federal Register of a Request for Information on Identification of New Capabilities Needed by the Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership Program (81 FR90326 (December 2016)).   15 U.S.C. § 287k-1, the statute under which NIST expects to conduct the future award program, requires the NIST Director to consult with small and mid-sized manufacturers regarding their needs and, in turn, for NIST to use the information provided to develop one or more themes for future NOFOs.

This Request for Information (RFI) sought comments relating to existing Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) Centers to add capabilities to the MEP program, including the development and conduct of projects to solve new or emerging manufacturing problems.   The comment open period closed on 13 January 2017.

To view the full Request for Information (RFI), please click here

In total, NIST received Fifty-four (54) responses to the RFI from industry, nonprofit organizations, MEP affiliate centers, academia and university centers, and economic development organizations, representing the responses from Forty-nine (49) entities. To view the RFI responses that were submitted to NIST, please click the name of the submitting organizations below:

  1. 89 North and Chroma Technology
  2. AIM Photonics Institute
  3. Alabama Technology Network
  4. APTAR
  5. Arizona State University+Michigan State University+Pennsylvania State University
  6. Boeing Company
  7. C. Turk
  8. Cadence
  9. Cities Rising Technologies
  10. Connstep
  11. DeWys Manufacturing
  12. DOW AgroSciences LLC
  13. Eaton
  14. Enterprise Minnesota
  15. Fitch
  16. Gentex Corporation
  17. GIW Industries
  18. Global HeavyLift Holdings Inc
  19. Great Lakes Bay Regional Alliance
  20. Hegwood Electric
  21. Helena Industries
  22. IBM Systems Group
  23. InnovateMEP Mississippi
  24. Iowa MEP-CIRAS
  25. JCS Computers
  26. Klann Incorporated
  27. Knape & Vogt
  28. Lockheed Martin Corporation
  29. Maine MEP
  30. Mid-America Manufacturing Technology Center
  31. Merrill Technologies Group
  32. Michigan Economic Development Corp
  33. Mikro Systems
  34. Missouri Enterprise
  35. National Council for Advance Manufacturing
  36. New Jersey MEP
  37. Nish Mith
  38. North Carolina State University
  39. NPI Technologies Management
  40. Performance Review Institute
  41. RevAZ
  42. Revision Military Limited
  43. Snow Machines Inc
  44. South Carolina MEP
  45. The Snap Source
  46. TSI Solutions
  47. Virginia Philpott
  48. West Paw Designs
  49. York Exponential


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    100 Bureau Drive, M/S 4800
    Gaithersburg, MD 20899-4800
Created April 17, 2017, Updated November 15, 2019