In the California Code of Regulations, Title 10, Chapter 6.56, there is the “Manufacturing Technology Grant Program”. It is made up of 5 regulatory sections.
Section 4080.1 defines the following terms: “agency”; “applicant”; “California Nonprofit Corporation”; “California public agency”; “federal award”; “to agree”; “in-kind support”; “manufacturing technology”; “proposal”; “solicitation”; and “soliciting deadline”.
Section 4080.2 describes the proposal process, including the requirement that the agency establish funding cycles on an annual or one-time basis and that the agency distribute solicitations to all persons requesting information on funding cycles. annual at least 60 calendar days before the deadline for solicitation. .
In addition, the agency is required to distribute solicitations to all persons requesting information on ad hoc funding rounds at least 30 calendar days prior to the solicitation deadline. Applicants are required to mail the original and copies of the proposal to the address given. The agency is required to send a letter to all applicants within 45 days of the application for agency funding and whether it has been approved or denied. There are specific rules when a funding round is or is not tied to a specific federal grant.
Section 4080.3 provides proposal content, including that all proposals must include a completed Manufacturing Technology Program Proposal Form, completed Manufacturing Technology Program Budget Form, proposal body, signed certification by the applicant’s authorized representative and attachments, if any. The information specified should be included in the Manufacturing Technology Program Proposal Form and Budget Form, as well as in the body of the proposal.
Section 4080.4 defines proposal eligibility, including specifying that an eligible proposal is one that meets the 8 requirements set forth in these rules.
Section 4080.5 provides for the process of determining and selecting funding, including that a committee consisting of at least 2 and not more than 4 full-time professional employees of the Agency and at least 2 representatives of the technology development community or the manufacturing community, is required to: Score all proposals using the eight required criteria. The eight criteria are described as follows:
Solutions targeted to industry needs – more points will be awarded to proposals that include a manufacturing process, product or service that has an impact on the development of a significant segment of the manufacturing sector.
Project evaluation – more points will be awarded to proposals that include a well-prepared project evaluation schedule, as well as project evaluation criteria and metrics.
Organizational capacity to achieve program objectives – more points will be awarded to proposals that include a credible management plan that identifies project staff who have specific experience related to the proposed activities and relevant experience.
Credible project plan – more points will be awarded to proposals that include a credible plan for the development of the project, including the specified elements.
Likelihood of federal award – more points will be awarded to proposals that use the grant as matching funds for a federal grant.
Funding Sources – more points will be awarded to proposals that indicate significant funding from sources other than state and federal agencies.
Partnership with other agencies and organizations – more points will be awarded to proposals that increase the efficiency of delivery and implementation of manufacturing improvement services or accelerate the commercialization of the project by making use of the assistance and cooperation from other agencies and organizations.
Diversity of grants awarded – more points will be awarded to proposals submitted by applicants who did not receive a grant or to proposals that will be implemented in geographic regions in which the applicants did not receive a grant.