The State Science and Technology Institute (SSTI), located in Westerville, OH, is receiving an award under the NIST MEP Notice of Funding Opportunity, 2021-NIST-STATE-PARTNERSHIP-01. This open competition invited U.S. based for profit and not-for-profit institutions or organizations to apply for funding to provide in depth collaborative support in developing and advancing collaborative relationships between NIST MEP, MEP Centers, States and other stakeholders. SSTI proposes to carry out activities that will identify and understand the goals and personalities of individuals in key stakeholder groups, build and enhance relationships with policymakers and leaders, and execute partnership strategies. SSTI focus will be on ensuring the MEP National Network has impartial information on stakeholders’ priorities, plans, and activities using publicly available documents and determining how these activities will impact the MEP National Network. SSTI will provide evidence-based recommendations on how the MEP National Network might best fit with partner priorities, plans, and activities. SSTI is awarded $4,999,847 for the period of July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2026 (5 years).