The U.S. Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) has made one (1) additional cooperative agreement award as part of its 2017-NIST-MEP-CAP-01 Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO).
The following MEP Center will receive an award totaling $1,000,000 to add capabilities to the MEP Program including the development of projects to solve new or emerging manufacturing problems that are not already provided for under a Center’s base MEP award.
Oregon Manufacturing Extension Partnership, Inc. (Portland)
The MEP Center in Oregon is conducting a project that will connect viable Industry 4.0 resources to the MEP client base, U.S. small and medium-sized manufacturers. The project will establish the foundation of an Industry 4.0 practice that can benefit companies in all industries, regardless of size and location, and will move the adoption forward in an organized and systematic manner by “focusing on the end-to-end digitization of all physical assets and integration into digital ecosystems with value chain partners.” The project period of performance will be from 9/1/2019 to 8/31/2020 totaling $1,000,000 in federal funds. Six MEP Centers serve as project collaborators, including MEP Centers in Illinois, Michigan, New Mexico, Ohio, Pennsylvania and South Carolina.