• Identify the application space for the new technology, together with benefits and limitations.

  • Serve as consultants to other users who have an interest in evaluating the new technology.

This approach is similar to that taken by NIST’s Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP), which focuses on increasing the competitiveness of the U.S. industrial base by bridging the productivity gap for manufacturers, identifying opportunities for growth, and encouraging technology deployment.12 MEP currently facilitates advanced technology adoption for businesses of any size and helps to disseminate technology from universities and federal laboratories to companies. It also attempts to identify small company technology needs and bring those needs to the research community. MEP’s role could be expanded to include dissemination of corrosion best practices. In any event, a MEP-like program in the area of corrosion would improve the transfer of knowledge in corrosion to those that need solutions. It is clear that each agency and department should accept as part of its responsibility not only the funding of corrosion research, but also its dissemination.

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MEP is a collection of 59 centers in all 50 states with about 1,600 (nonfederal) employees. It is managed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and funded one-third by NIST and two-thirds by state funds, regional partners, and other sources of revenue.



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