Submissions Due by Friday, July 2, 2021 before 5 pm EDT
Open Project Call
America Makes announces a new Open Project Call (OPC) worth $1.6M in total funding from the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, Manufacturing and Industrial Base Technology Division. The OPC goal is to accelerate the development and deployment of innovative, cost-effective, and energy-efficient additive manufacturing (AM) technologies to meet defense and/or commercial needs.
Specifically, the OPC aims to support key swimlanes—Design, Material, Process, AM Genome and Value Chain—of the America Makes’ AM Technology Roadmap. The Roadmap identifies measurable and meaningful challenges that, when met, promote inquiry, knowledge-sharing, and technical advancements across the industry.
“This Open Project Call represents a vast array of topics and opportunities to benefit our membership and our industry at large,” said Brandon D. Ribic, Ph.D., America Makes Technology Director. “As our first OPC of 2021, we are thrilled with the efforts of our Roadmap Advisory and Working Groups for their contributions in identifying, prioritizing, and developing these technology and education and workforce development topics. We also appreciate the provided insightful membership input that helped to further enhance this OPC. I look forward to receiving the quality and innovative responses that we have come to expect from our membership community.”
The 2021 OPC addresses five technical topic domains:
- Topic 1: Strategies for Real-time Defect Mitigation for AM Processes
- Topic 2: Introductory-level Training Course on the Inspection and Quality Assurance of AM Components
- Topic 3: Accelerating Qualification of AM Materials for High-temperature Applications
- Topic 4: Solid-state AM Process Technical Data Package Maturation
- Topic 5: Assessing Opportunities for AM Process Productivity Improvement
One-Step Proposal Process
The proposal process for this America Makes Project Call is a one-step process.
A full project proposal, as outlined in the RFP, is due by 5 p.m. EDT Friday, July 2, 2021.
|Project Call Announcement and Posting||6/1/2021|
|Project Call Kick-off Webinar (View Recording)||6/8/2021|
|Questions from Proposers about Scope or Approach Due||6/11/2021|
|Responses to Proposers about Scope or Approach Due
(All questions and responses will be shared with all proposers below.
|Deadline for all proposal team members to be an America Makes Member||6/22/2021|
|Fully Executed NDA with NCDMM (if proposal contains proprietary information)||6/22/2021|
|Full Project Proposal Submission Due Date||7/2/2021|
|Anticipated Decision and Notification to Project Proposal Teams||8/3/2021|
|Anticipated Date to have ALL Projects on Contract||9/1/2021|
|All project finalized reports and deliverables received by NCDMM no later than||5/27/2022|
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
All team members of project team must be America Makes members by 8/21/2020.
Yes, teams may submit more than one Project Proposal.
Questions should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Questions will be posted to the America Makes website according to the RFP schedule. Questions asked AFTER the scheduled Q&A session will NOT be addressed.
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.
Yes. The proposals will only be reviewed by the evaluation team and each team member signs a confidentiality agreement.
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.
The IP is owned by the organization that developed the IP, however that IP is subject to the rules outlined in the membership agreement.