Manufacturing Extension Partnership

 

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.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
11.611
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of Commerce
Office: National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Cooperative Agreements; DISSEMINATION OF TECHNICAL INFORMATION
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2014: Fiscal Year 2014: Each year the program tracks the impact of the MEP system. The most recent data based on services provided in FY 2014 have MEP clients reporting significant impacts, including:
•New Sales $2.5 billion
•Retained Sales 4.2 billion
•Cost Savings 1.1 billion
•Jobs Created 17,883
•Jobs Retained 46,069
•Manufacturers Served 30,056

The MEP network continues to use and expand partnerships and connections to work with companies to stabilize operations, diversify their customers, and create new business plans for moving towards a stronger future - saving jobs and helping firms identify new strategies for innovation and growth. The MEP continues to play an important role in the Administration's efforts to strengthen U.S. manufacturing, as evidenced in the various advanced manufacturing and "Make it in America" initiatives. Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available. Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available.
Authorization
Omnibus Trade and Competitiveness Act of 1988, 15 U.S.C 278K; America Competes, Public Law 110-69.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
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.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Beneficiary shall be U.S.-based manufacturing firms, especially smaller companies.
Credentials/Documentation
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 must have and demonstrate competence in areas for which financial assistance is requested. Costs will be determined in accordance with applicable cost principles found in 2 CFR Part 225 for State and local governments, 2 CFR Part 220 for educational institutions, 2 CFR Part 230 for nonprofit organizations, 48 CFR 31 for commercial organizations, and 45 CFR 74, Appendix E for hospitals. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
The extension service planning and pilot testing portion of this program is eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs". An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review. For manufacturing extension centers, no formal preapplication is required, although applicants are advised to discuss their proposal during the early stages of development with NIST MEP regional managers. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. 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.
Award Procedure
All timely submitted and qualified proposals are reviewed by a NIST selection panel. For proposals for manufacturing extension centers, the finalists' proposals are selected on the basis of NIST evaluations and judgments based on published evaluation criteria, and may undergo a site visit.
Deadlines
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 60 to 90 days. Applicants should be notified within 60 to 90 days of the application deadline for extension service planning/pilot testing agreements, and 120 days for manufacturing extension centers.
Appeals
Not Applicable.
Renewals
Future or continued funding will be based on availability of funds, and will be based on satisfactory performance, and may be subject to competition.
How are proposals selected?
Proposals are selected on the basis of merit. Selection criteria are published in the Federal Funding Opportunity, and for manufacturing extension centers, appear in 15 CFR 290.
How may assistance be used?
Federal funding provided under this program shall be used for the creation and support of manufacturing extension services, or used by the States to plan for and pilot test state-wide extension services. It may also be used to plan for and pilot test services within a multi-state region which has sufficient regional linkages to justify such services. Extension service providers shall be affiliated with a U.S. based nonprofit institution or organization or group thereof. Funds may be used for the purpose of demonstrations, technology deployment, active transfer and dissemination of research findings and extension service expertise to a wide range of companies and enterprises, especially small manufacturers with fewer than 500 employees. Congressional funding has been provided annually since fiscal year 1988 (under Manufacturing Technology Centers and the State Technology Extension Program, which were combined into the Manufacturing Extension Partnership in fiscal year 1993).
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Reporting
Quarterly progress and financial reports are required. Each request for reimbursement must be accompanied by a report of applicant's cost-share contribution. Quarterly progress and financial reports are required. Each request for reimbursement must be accompanied by a report of applicant's cost-share contribution. Quarterly progress and financial reports are required. Each request for reimbursement must be accompanied by a report of applicant's cost-share contribution. Quarterly progress and financial reports are required. Each request for reimbursement must be accompanied by a report of applicant's cost-share contribution. Each awardee receives an annual performance review prior to renewal of federal funding. In addition, 15 USCS 278k requires each awardee to be reviewed by an external panel during years three and six and every two years thereafter.
Auditing
In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.
Records
All financial and programmatic records, supporting documents, statistical reports, and other records of awardees or subawardees are required to be maintained by the terms of the agreement. The awardees must retain records for 3 years after completion of the project or submission of the final financial report, whichever is later, and be readily available for inspection and audit.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory Formula: Chapter 15, Part 290. A State may be required to provide adequate assurances that it will increase its spending on technology extension by an amount at least equal to the amount of Federal assistance requested. For manufacturing extension centers, the program has no statutory formula.
Matching Requirements: For years 1-3, applicants must provide at least 50 percent of the capital, annual operating and maintenance funds required to create and maintain the center. For year 4, applicants must provide 60 percent, and 66.7 percent for year 5 and beyond. Funds may be provided by any non- Federal source. A minimum of 50 percent of the applicant's share must be as cash or full-time personnel.
This program does not have MOE requirements.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
For extension service planning and pilot-testing agreements, one year. For manufacturing extension centers, duration of support is based upon positive evaluation every two years, and availability of funds. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: On a reimbursable basis as expenses are incurred by the center.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None.
Headquarters Office
Carroll Thomas 100 Bureau Drive Stop 4800, Gaithersburg, Maryland 20899-4800 Email: carroll.thomas@nist.gov Phone: 301-975-4676
Website Address
http://www.mep.nist.gov
Financial Information
Account Identification
13-0525-0-1-376.
Obligations
(Cooperative Agreements) FY 14 $105,986,000; FY 15 est $125,626,000; and FY 16 est $115,013,000 - Dissemination of Technical Information.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Individual awards for extension service planning and pilot testing agreements should range between $25,000 and $100,000. Awards for manufacturing extension centers fall in the range of $200,000 to $6,500,000 annually.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Program regulations are codified at 15 CFR 290-92. A Federal Register Notice announcing the request for proposals from qualified organizations will be published when funds are available. This program is subject to the provisions of 15 CFR 24 and 15 CFR 14.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2014: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available

 


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