Education Quality Award Ambassadorship

Support Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award Program (MBNQA) winners in conducting outreach, serving as role models, and encouraging other organizations to strive for performance excellence.

Agency - Department of Commerce

The Department of Commerce fosters and promotes the nation's economic development and technological advancement through vigilance in international trade policy, domestic business policy and growth, and promoting economic progress at all levels.

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Universita' Degli Studi Di Padova $ 199,803   2020-08-012022-07-31
Pennsylvania State University, The $ 15,000   2019-05-152020-05-14
University Of California, San Diego $ 349,908   2018-02-012020-01-31
School District Pewaukee $ 16,244   2014-04-012019-03-31
University Of California, Davis $ 5,000   2018-06-012018-12-31
University Of Southern California $ 145,002   2017-10-012018-09-30
University Of Chicago, The-$ 5,882   2013-10-012018-09-30
Texas A&m Engineering Experiment Station $ 5,000   2018-06-182018-09-17
Dallas College $ 48,353   2011-07-012017-06-30
Iredell-statesville Schools $ 148,118   2009-03-012017-04-30

Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: 206067. Fiscal Year 2017: 100000. Fiscal Year 2018: 100000.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Grant money will be used for non-commercial Baldrige award recipients to share information on their successful performance and quality strategies with other U. S. organizations.

Principal mechanisms to share information are presentations at the Quest for Excellence Conference, regional conferences, and hosting and speaking at different conferences, workshops/meetings.

Grant money will be used for non-commercial Baldrige award recipients to share information on their performance excellence practices and quality strategies with other U. S. organizations.

Principal mechanisms to share information are presentations at the Quest for Excellence Conference, and hosting and speaking at different conferences, workshops/meetings.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Applicants must have recently received the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Public from 18 sponsored organizations.


Proposals with statements of work and detailed budgets. Costs will be determined in accordance with applicable federal cost principles. Grants are limited to recipients of the Baldrige National Quality Award. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is eligible for coverage under E.O.

12372, 'Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs.' An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.

Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Proposals are submitted in response to education award recipients financial requirements pursuant to 15 CFR 14.4. Baldrige Performance Excellence Program (BPEP) Federal Project Office (FPO) will advise educational Award recipients of grant opportunity. Baldrige award process is based upon published selection criteria.

Award Procedures

Award process based upon published selection criteria.


Not Applicable.


Stevenson-Wydler Technology Innovation Act, 15 U.S.C 3711a; Stevenson-Wydler Technology Innovation Act, 15 U.S.C 3706.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Not Applicable.


Not Applicable.


Future or continued funding will be at the discretion of NIST, based on such factors as availability of funds and satisfactory performance.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. This program has no matching requirements. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Usually five years in length. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Dependent on when appropriation is received dictates when authorization is dispersed either in lump sum or quarterly.

Post Assistance Requirements


No reports are required.


In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503. Audits of all grant recipients shall be conducted in accordance with Government Auditing Standards issued by the Comptroller General of the United States (the Yellow Book).


Pursuant to 15CFR 14.53(b)(2), all financial and programmatic records are required to remain available to the federal government for 3 years after final disposition.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Cooperative Agreements) FY 16 $206,067; FY 17 est $100,000; and FY 18 est $100,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Not to exceed $100,000 over the life of the grant.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

This program is subject to the provisions of CFR 15 part 14.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Barbara F. Fischer 100 Bureau Drive MD A-600, Gaithersburg, Maryland 20899-1020 Email: Phone: 301-975-8942

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Recipients have shared its best practices on its successful performance strategies with other US Corporations and organizations. Through these presentations, non-proprietary information is shared with others who want to learn and pursue performance excellence best practices. An example of a funded project is Montgomery County Public Schools, Jenk's Public Schools, Richland College, Iredell-Statesville Schools, Pewaukee School District.

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