Manufacturers with a NAICS code beginning with 31, 32, or 33
Physical Location within SC for at least 1 year
Operating within the Department of Defense supply chain
CATALYST Grant Launch Informational Webinar on October 5, 2024 from 10 - 11 a.m.
SCMEP (Zoom 3) is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Meeting ID: 849 9664 8947
October 5, 2023 – Webinar launch
October 5, 2023 – Grant application opens
June 30, 2024 – All grant activity closes
Catalyst Grant Engagement with DOD Manufacturing Companies:
Step 1 – Industry 4.0 Assessment
SCMEP will perform consultative assessments of manufacturing unit operations to identify opportunities to deploy AMTs. The assessment will identify constraints/challenges to the adoption of AMTs in the areas of:
- Strategy/Business Planning
Step 2 – Select & Pilot Projects
If the assessment recommends that the client consider an AMT solution, SCMEP will work to develop a proposal for an AMT. The proposal will seek approval to use grant funds to cover a portion of the cost to perform Pilot Projects in the areas of:
- Interactive (augmented reality “AR” or virtual reality “VR”) training.
- Enhanced ergonomic tools/devices.
- Digital work instructions.
- Digital Learning Management Systems (LMS) to support upskilling employees.
- Automation/robotics/cobotics to better utilize workforce talent by eliminating dirty, dull, monotonous/repetitive and/or ergonomically challenging tasks.
- Visual/Digital Performance Indicators.
- Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning.
Companies that want to implement recommendations that do not focus on AMT solutions may be candidates to receive funding from other established programs such as SCMEP/Commerce funding or DEW Incumbent Worker Training (IWT).
The CATALYST grant may also provide funding in the event that the Advanced Manufacturing Technology assessment outlined above identifies that the client will most benefit from the adoption and implementation of:
- A Quality Management System (QMS) such as ISO9001 or AS9100 and/or
- Lean Manufacturing tools and techniques
The goal in these instances is to provide resources and funding to help small and medium-sized manufacturers eliminate waste and reduce rework, thus becoming more effective and efficient DIB suppliers.
Companies that want to implement recommendations that do not focus on AMT solutions may also be candidates to receive funding from other established programs such as SCMEP/Commerce funding or DEW Incumbent Worker Training (IWT).
Catalyst Grant Timeline
Host AMT webinar/information session
Grant Applications Accepted
Application period is open until all slots are filled.
- Catalyst Grant Panel Review of Applications
- Select first round of companies for participation in Project Catalyst
- Begin Advanced Manufacturing Technology (AMT) company assessments
- Begin company projects (project customized to company needs as discovered through AMT assessment)
- Continue company assessments
- Host CONNEX webinar/information session
- Facilitate business-to-business event
- Host AMT webinar/information session
Continue implementation of company projects
Catalyst Grant will Sunset
For more information, please contact Hank Sieling at 803-351-6780 or by email at [email protected].
The purpose of this grant is to increase the capabilities, efficiency, and overall competitiveness of small and medium sized manufacturers through the adoption of Advanced Manufacturing Technologies (AMT), the implementation of Quality Management Systems (QMSs), and Lean Manufacturing tools and techniques.
PLEASE READ – IMPORTANT APPLICATION INFORMATION
The application period is October 5, 2023 through February 28, 2024. Assistance in completing the application is available through SCMEP.