The Department of Commerce's National Institute of Standards and Technology today announced funding is available for state projects to plan, coordinate and, in special cases, to implement technology extension activities. The request was announced in today's Federal Register.
Approximately $2.5 million in grants is being made available through the State Technology Extension Program component of NIST's Manufacturing Extension Partnership. The MEP is a nationwide network of organizations to support U.S.-based manufacturers in increasing their competitiveness nationally and internationally through ongoing technological advancement. NIST is building and coordinating the partnership to help smaller manufacturers tap into regional and national sources of information, knowledge and insight into the use of modern manufacturing and production technologies.
Funded proposals will help states (1) plan extension systems or technical assistance programs, (2) support the initial implementation of such programs, or (3) develop links between existing programs and those in other regions to enhance effectiveness.
For program implementation and regional linkage projects, NIST plans to give priority consideration to proposals having the best potential to benefit areas with relatively sparse distribution of industry, or low-industry areas whose technology assistance needs can not be met by a large extension center.
Proposals will be accepted until 4 p.m. EDT on April 18, 1994. Only state governments or private/public, non-profit organizations acting with approval of state governments are qualified to apply. For more information, contact Roger Kilmer at (301) 975-3423 or e-mail: kilmer [at] cme.nist.gov (via Internet). Copies of the required forms (SF-424 and CD-511) may be obtained from the NIST Grants Office at (301) 975-6394.
As a non-regulatory agency of the Commerce Department's Technology Administration, NIST promotes U.S. economic growth by working with industry to develop and apply technology, measurements and standards.