The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) today has issued a Request for Information (RFI) to inform the creation of potential new Manufacturing Technology Acceleration Centers (M-TACs). The anticipated 2014 Federal Funding Opportunity(FFO) will competitively fund a select number of new M-TACs.
The M-TACs will focus on addressing the technical and business challenges encountered by small and mid-sized U.S. manufacturers as they attempt to integrate, adopt, transition, and commercialize both existing and emerging product and process technologies into their operations to help them grow and compete within manufacturing supply chains as innovative, value-adding components of our nation's economy.
M-TACs will amplify the effectiveness of the current Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) network, establishing teams of experts in specific technology/supply chains, offering multiple services and deep expertise through the national MEP network.
The RFI specifically seeks comments relating to four primary issue areas:
(1) Technology transition and commercialization tools and services that should be provided by M-TACs;
(2) M-TAC roles relating to supply chain needs;
(3) Potential business models for M-TACs; and
(4) M-TAC performance and impact metrics.
In addition, NIST seeks comments relating to other critical issues that NIST should consider in its strategic planning for future M-TAC investments. Comments are due by July 22.
For the complete Federal Register notice: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-06-21/pdf/2013-14895.pdf