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  Services and Initiatives

Innovation and Growth

What is Innovation and Growth?

Innovation is the primary driver of growth for individual companies and the economy as a whole. Manufacturers must continually innovate – develop new products, adopt new technologies, and improve manufacturing processes – to retain current customers, increase profitability, and expand into new markets. Innovation is vital for success in the global economy.

What is MEP Doing?

MEP promotes innovation and growth by providing tools and services to help manufacturers navigate all phases of the innovation process. From helping companies find a technology solution that leads to a new product, to facilitating market viability assessments, to providing tools to support the product design and development process, MEP’s suite of services foster innovation for U.S. manufacturers:

Commercialization

Commercialization

Provides manufacturers with product development and commercialization assistance to help them successfully move new product opportunities into production and out into the market. Learn More

Lean Product Development

Lean Product Development

Applies the waste-elimination philosophy of lean operations to the product development process. Learn More

SBIR

Small Business Innovation Research

MEP supports manufacturers that received funding from SBIR, a federal program that promotes the development of innovative products by SMEs. Learn More

Technology Acceleration

Technology Acceleration

Connects manufacturers to technology solutions and assists with technology-related market intelligence to help them grow and compete in the global marketplace. Learn More

Research and Reports

MEP publishes and compiles a variety of informative materials covering a broad array of innovation and growth topics. Our publications and reports seek to capture the importance of innovation, research and development,growth and intellectual property in the manufacturing industry. View Reports

Contact us

For more information about these initiatives, please contact your local MEP center or NIST MEP Clara Asmail.