National Institute of Standards and Technology
MEPNN Supplier Scouting Opportunity Synopsis

A Federal agency may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is not required to respond to, nor shall a person be subject to a penalty for failure to comply with an information collection subject to the requirements of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 unless the information collection has a currently valid OMB Control Number. The approved OMB Control Number for this information collection is 0693-0043. Without this approval, we could not conduct this survey/information collection. Public reporting for this information collection is estimated to be approximately 1 hour per response, including the time for reviewing instructions, searching existing data sources, gathering and maintaining the data needed, and completing and reviewing the information collection. All responses to this information collection are voluntary. Send comments regarding this burden estimate or any other aspect of this information collection, including suggestions for reducing this burden to the NIST MEP, Attn: MEP Help Line, 301-975-8328 or webmaster (

OMB Control#0693-0043 Expiration Date: 6/30/25

To initiate the supplier scouting process, complete and submit our Supplier Scouting Opportunity Synopsis (SSO) Form. (Companies seeking to engage in supplier scouting should contact their local MEP Center). Your email address is required when submitting an SSO to provide security, so that you can access your SSOs and to review results via one-time-use link(s), and that we can contact you with any issues with your submission.

Please enter your email address to start a new submission or find an existing submission.

The form is used to gather technical and business information and is divided into 4-sections.

Section 1: General Information (email, item and description)

Section 2: Technical Information (type of supplier being sought, reason for scout, manufacturing process, dimensions, tolerances, performance specifications, required materials, required certifications, regulations, and additional comments)

Section 3: Business Information (business volume, target price, delivery and packaging requirements, and additional comments)

Section 4: Additional Information (attach drawings, photos, specifications, etc.)

This information is used to develop a clear and concise description that will be shared with MEP Centers in every state and Puerto Rico. MEP Centers will conduct a search for U.S. manufacturers with the capabilities, capacities, and business interests to supply the item(s). Contact the NIST MEP supplier scouting team for assistance to help you complete the opportunity synopsis and answer any questions at

Existing Submissions
Item to be scoutedStatusStateScouting Number