Manufacturing Extension Partnership Grants

What is the aim of Manufacturing Extension Partnership Grants?

The Manufacturing Extension Partnership Grants aim to establish, maintain, and support manufacturing extension centers and services, the functions of which are to improve the competitiveness of firms accelerating the usage of appropriate manufacturing technology by smaller U.S. based manufacturing firms, and partner with the States in developing such technical assistance programs and services for their manufacturing base.

Who is Eligible to Apply for Manufacturing Extension Partnership Grants?

For extension services, eligible applicants shall be U.S.-based nonprofit institutions or organizations or groups thereof. Applicants must contribute 50 percent or more of the proposed service’s capital, annual operating and maintenance costs. At least 50 percent of the applicant’s share must be as cash or full-time personnel. For extension service planning and pilot services agreements, eligible applicants shall be State governments and State affiliated nonprofit organizations.

For multi-state regional planning and pilot services agreements, eligible applicants shall be State and local governments, representing either themselves or a consortium of States, and appropriate private or public nonprofit organizations, operating on behalf of a consortium of States or as a representative of States.

How to Apply for Manufacturing Extension Partnership Grants?

An applicant for manufacturing extension centers must submit a proposal in accordance with 15 CFR 290, which provides assurances that they will contribute 50 percent or more of the proposed center’s capital, annual operating and maintenance costs unless otherwise indicated in formal program announcements.

Proposals also must contain sufficient information regarding management, technical, and technology strengths sufficient for a formal merit review of the proposal.

Applicants for Manufacturing Extension Partnership Grants must have and demonstrate competence in areas for which financial assistance is requested.

Applicants must submit proposals in accordance with deadlines and other details as published in formal program announcements including Standard Form 424 and Commerce Department Form 511. Applicants for manufacturing extension centers must follow the format set out in 15 CFR 290.

Where to apply for Manufacturing Extension Partnership Grants?

Headquarters Office
Mr. Roger Kilmer 100 Bureau Drive Stop 4800, Gaithersburg, Maryland 20899-4800
Phone: (301) 975-5020
Web Site Address: http://www.mep.nist.gov

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