NIST MEPs to Receive COVID-19 Funding
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) launched the application process for nearly $50 million in grants for its network of Manufacturing Extension Partnerships (MEPs) authorized by the CARES Act.
The MEP network is at the forefront of helping manufacturers navigate options in responding to the coronavirus locally and surviving this crisis. The NIST announcement states the MEP centers will use the new funding to continue helping manufacturers recover from workforce and supply chain interruptions, apply for private insurance claims and disaster loans from the SBA, and access resources at the federal, state, and local levels. Funds can also be used to assess the operating needs of manufacturers, scout for manufacturers that can produce critically needed medical equipment and supplies, and organize peer-to-peer manufacturing councils.
MEPs in every state and Puerto Rico will receive funding. The law waives the non-federal funding match usually required for MEP grants – a big plus for the individual centers.