Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) State Partnership Support Project

Funding Agency:
Department of Commerce

NIST invites proposals from eligible organizations to provide in-depth collaborative support in developing and advancing stakeholder relationships that are critical to the success of the MEP program, based on the recipient’s expertise and knowledge of State manufacturing and technology agendas. NIST MEP is a federal-state-industry partnership program. The MEP system of Centers and field offices throughout the U.S. provides a mechanism to integrate federal and state public policy goals, respond to market forces and address the needs of manufacturing sectors and of individual manufacturers. To make the most of this partnership, NIST MEP strives to balance the priorities of U.S. national policy with those of state partners to create a robust and effective program providing U.S. manufacturers with the tools they need to grow and remain globally competitive.

Stakeholders include not only state-based partners but also sub-state partners that are based at the county, community, and city levels, as well as regional partners that extend beyond state boundary lines. 

Given the unique nature of the MEP network, success depends on the mutual understanding and alignment of regional, state and local policy goals and objectives with national policy to create a partnership that leverages the strength of each entity. MEP increasingly is focused on helping manufacturers identify and adopt new technologies for improved products, processes, business practices and the development of new products. NIST is seeking proposals to develop and enhance effective collaborative relationships between and with the MEP Program, MEP Centers and State and other stakeholders. It is important for all components of the MEP network to understand overarching State priorities relative to manufacturing and the implementation of such priorities at the State, regional and local levels. This effort will help the MEP system develop the capacity to align these agendas with MEP priorities supporting continuous improvement, growth, sustainability, supply chains, innovation and technology acceleration in manufacturing. 

Deadline: Feb. 29, 2016

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Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must be a U.S.-based for-profit or not-for-profit institution or organization. An eligible organization may work individually or may include proposed subawards to eligible organizations or proposed contracts with any other organization as part of the applicant’s proposal, effectively forming a team. 



Amount Description

NIST anticipates awarding one (1) multiyear cooperative agreement with a five-year (5) period of performance and at a total maximum federal funding amount not to exceed $4.5 million over the entire five-year period of performance. If a proposal for a multiyear award is approved, NIST anticipates funding up to $750,000 for the first year of the program, and thereafter annually to fund $750,000 each year for continuing base level activities and also to fund an additional amount of up to $750,000 for increased activities during a particular year to be determined by the recipient and NIST MEP. 

Funding Type





Engineering and Physical Sciences

External Deadline

February 29, 2016