The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) HollingsManufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) has awarded $9.1 million in cooperative agreements for 22 projects designed to enhance the productivity, technological performance and global competitiveness of U.S. manufacturers.
Granted through competitive processes to nonprofit organizations across the United States, these projects will be implemented through MEP's national system of over 400 centers, field offices and partners. The funding will help encourage the creation and adoption of improved technologies and provide resources to develop new products that respond to changing market needs.
The projects address one or more of five areas MEP has identified as vital for strategic growth in U.S. manufacturing. MEP's five Strategic Growth Areas include:
- responding to evolving supply chains;
- accelerating the adoption of new technology to build business growth;
- implementing environmentally sustainable processes;
- establishing and enabling strong workforces for the future; and
- encouraging cultures of continuous improvement.
Covering areas from supplying the wind energy industry to introducing advanced manufacturing simulations in small- and medium-sized businesses, the 22 projects are described in the NIST news release, "NIST Manufacturing Extension Partnership Awards $9.1 Million for 22 Projects to Enhance U.S. Manufacturers' Global Competitiveness."