Submissions Considered for FY2020 Funds Until January 22, 2021

Member Driven Rapid Innovation Call for Topics

Rapid Innovation Call for Topics Deadline Changed to January 22

Rapid Innovation Call for Topics Deadline Changed to January 22

Last summer America Makes announced a series of project calls using a new process – the Rapid Innovation Call (RIC) Call for Topics process. The goal of the RIC process is to get member input by allowing members the opportunity to submit their project topics/ideas to generate project opportunities relevant to industry.

Since launching this process we have funded one project and are in the process of creating project calls RFPs for two additional topics that will be announced in the coming days.

The exciting news is that we still have $185,000 in project funding to award but we’re running short on time. To utilize this funding appropriately we have moved up our submission deadline from February 28 to January 22 to ensure that project teams have enough time to complete their tasks without running into a time crunch.

We want your input and encourage you to visit the RIC information page to find out how you can submit a topic.

Please note the deadline to submit topic ideas is fast approaching with submissions now due on January 22nd. The RIC process will now follow this timeline:

  1. RIC topic submissions due by January 22, 2021
  2. Executive Committee will meet on January 26, 2021 to review all topics and make selections
  3. Project call RFPs will be developed and released shortly after
  4. Project calls submissions will be due in mid-February 2021
  5. Project teams will be selected by February 28, 2021
  6. Project teams will then have approximately 3 months to complete their efforts

The Member Driven Rapid Innovation Call (RIC) will seek to address immediate and readily actionable needs identified by America Makes members. 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 January 22, 2021
Total Federal Funding Available $200k
Max Federal Award per Proposal None
Cost Share No specific percentage, but cost share will be considered as part of evaluation criteria
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


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


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 01/22/2021

Rapid Innovation Call Questions & Answers

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)