Submissions Considered for FY2020 funds until February 28, 2021

Government Driven Rapid Innovation Call

The Government Driven Rapid Innovation Call (RIC) will seek to address immediate and readily actionable needs identified by government stakeholders. The Rapid Innovation Call will allow the Institute an agile framework to adapt to the evolving challenges of the supply chain via direct input from the membership.

Due Dates Submissions considered for FY2020 funds until February 28, 2021
Total Federal Funding Available $200k
Max Federal Award per Proposal None
Cost Share Target 25%
Anticipated Number of Awards 4
Period of Performance Shorter periods acceptable or 4 months (3 months execution, 1 month final reporting) NO extensions will be considered

Eligibility

All team members of a project team must be America Makes members in good standing a minimum of 45 days prior to the project start.  To achieve a good standing status a non-member organization must establish a new America Makes membership and provide a cash payment or enter into an @Program MOU to satisfy the membership fee obligation for the first year of membership.  Cost share provided during the period of performance of the project will be applied to the first renewal cycle of your membership.

Topic Submission, Selection,
and Proposal Process

The process for this America Makes Project Call is a non-traditional process:

  1. Rapid Innovation Call for Topic Submission is submitted by stakeholder.
  2. Executive Committee reviews submissions and selects Topics for proposals
  3. Selected Topic gets posted to America Makes website
  4. Response Deadline and Q&A periods get defined
  5. Proposal with approach, SOW, Cost Volume, Exhibits is submitted
  6. Awards announced

Dates/Deadlines:

Project Call Announcement and Posting 08/04/2020
Kickoff Webinar 08/04/2020
Immediate Call for Topics 08/04/2020
Anticipated date to release first RIC opportunity 10/06/2020
America Makes Member/MoU Execution Deadline Min 45 days prior
to project start
Fully Executed NDA with NCDMM (if concept contains proprietary information) Prior to concept submission
Concept Submissions for FY2020 funding considered until 02/28/2021

Rapid Innovation Call Questions & Answers

1. Can cost share be considered where the proposing company puts in time of employees worth 50% of the cost?
2. Do you have a format for the Concept paper for submission? If yes, will this be available online?
3. What are the required technology readiness level for the proposed technologies for different project calls?
4. Does the total include the cost share, or the cost share is added to the total funding available?
5. I am a small business, I am not currently an America Makes member. There is a Government entity member that I have identified as the sponsor for the hypersonic material challenge. Please explain matching.
6. Can an America Makes member propose a topic for the Government driven program? If so, what is needed from the government agency that would be the stake holder?
7. How do we get engaged in chartered groups?
1. Can cost share be considered where the proposing company puts in time of employees worth 50% of the cost?

Costs that can be considered as cost share: Material, labor hours, overhead, equipment, building, land purchase, tuition, software – How will this be tracked – through cost share forms submitted monthly to America Makes from the lead member of the project team, sub-contractors will submit to the lead  – What may not be considered cost share – Proposal costs, Entertainment, Alcohol, gifts.

2. Do you have a format for the Concept paper for submission? If yes, will this be available online?

To submit a topic visit the America Makes website under Project Call.  Choose Government Driven or Member Driven, download the information guide, and choose the submit a topic link to fill out the web form.

4. Does the total include the cost share, or the cost share is added to the total funding available?

If $1.00 of funding is requested from America Makes, $0.50 in cost share must be committed against that $1.00 for a total scope of $1.50.

5. I am a small business, I am not currently an America Makes member. There is a Government entity member that I have identified as the sponsor for the hypersonic material challenge. Please explain matching.

Government agencies can participate on a project team but cannot receive funding, cannot be the lead, and cannot provide cost share as the money they would be providing would just be other federal dollars which is not allowable under 2 CFR 200.

7. How do we get engaged in chartered groups?

Contact one of the following individuals:

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1. Which members of the team need to be America Makes Members?
2. Can a team submit more than on Project Proposal?
3. How do teams ask questions regarding scope and approach?
4. How do teams ask questions regarding submitting topics for consideration as part of the Rapid Innovation Call (RIC)?
5. Can one of our partners be a non-U.S company?
6. What level of detail needs to be provided when someone is declaring background IP?
7. Who owns IP that is produced as a result of this work (including matching funds from a commercial company)? If IP is owned by America Makes, is there a requirement that IP be licensed to members, and if so, what are the terms?
1. Which members of the team need to be America Makes Members?

All team members of project team must be America Makes members or have an MOU for membership through cost share signed a minimum of 45 days prior to project start.

2. Can a team submit more than on Project Proposal?

Yes, teams may submit more than one Topic Proposal.

3. How do teams ask questions regarding scope and approach?

Questions should be emailed to ric@americamakes.us. Questions will be posted to the America Makes website according to the schedule. Questions asked AFTER the scheduled Q&A session will NOT be addressed.

4. How do teams ask questions regarding submitting topics for consideration as part of the Rapid Innovation Call (RIC)?

Questions should be emailed to Jason.Thomas@ncdmm.org.  No questions regarding posted topics will be answered by this email address, only questions pertaining to submitting topics for consideration (the approval process to become a posted topic).

5. Can one of our partners be a non-U.S company?

Yes, however all foreign-owned companies must apply for a foreign membership by completing Sections A & B of the membership request form, prior to proposal submission.  The approval process for foreign-owned entities can take up to 4 weeks to complete.  Please contact Tiffany Westbay for more information.

Please note, federal dollars cannot be spent outside of the Unite States.  It is the Lead / team’s responsibility to ensure compliance with all applicable export control laws and regulations.

6. What level of detail needs to be provided when someone is declaring background IP?

The owning organization should list anything that they are leveraging that is not going to be made available to the membership at the completion of the project.  This could be a patent number or a description of the background IP that is being leveraged.

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