Commerce’s National Institute of
Standards and Technology (NIST) today announced $9.1 million in cooperative
agreements through its Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) for 22 projects
designed to enhance the productivity, technological performance and global
competitiveness of U.S. manufacturers.
Granted through competitive processes to nonprofit organizations, the funding will help encourage the creation and adoption of improved technologies and provide resources to develop new products that respond to changing market needs.
"A vibrant manufacturing sector drives American innovation and is central to our economic growth and global competitiveness," U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke said. "With the right investments, we can continue to create highly valued manufacturing jobs building great products and sell them around the world."
The proposals selected represent a variety of compelling ideas for helping small and medium-sized U.S. manufacturers tackle a complex set of needs with cost-effective and innovative solutions.