Delta Qual Project Call – April 2023

Directed Project Call for Demonstration of Novel Methods for Effective AM Process Qualification/Re-Qualification – Delta Qualification (Delta Qual)

NCDMM and AFRL are seeking responses that outline a metal AM project demonstrating the ability to rapidly and affordably update or establish a qualified AM process that can allow for changes in key AM processes, post-processing, or material feedstock variables.  Total of $3.2M in federal funding is available (7 awards anticipated).

One-Step Process

This project call involves a one-step proposal process:

Full project proposal, as outlined in the RFP, is due by 5 p.m. ET on Monday, May 22, 2023.

3 Topic Areas

Topic #1: Major Delta Qual Demonstration
Topic #2: Minor Delta Qual Demonstration
Topic #3: Red Team

Membership Eligibility

  • The project lead organization must be an America Makes member in good standing by Monday, May 8, 2023. 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. Information on how to join America Makes is available on the membership page.
  • Project team organizations are not required to be America Makes members.
  • Membership Request Form
  • Membership Project Call Q&A
  • Need additional information or clarification? Contact Tiffany Westbay, Membership Director, or Laurie Wittkugle, Membership Coordinator.


Project Call Announcement and Posting


Project Call Kickoff Webinar – Registration Required


Questions from Proposers about Scope or Approach Due


Responses to Proposers about Scope or Approach Due
Questions/responses will be shared with all proposers on


Deadline for Proposal Lead to Complete a Fully Executed America Makes Membership Agreement


Fully Executed NDA with NCDMM (only if proposal contains proprietary information)


Full Project Proposal Submission Due Date (Note: No Concept Paper Submission)


Anticipated Decision and Notification of Project Proposal Teams


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Only the project lead must be a member of America Makes.

Yes, teams may submit more than one Project Proposal.

Questions should be emailed to 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.

The lead proposer must be an America Makes member by Monday, May 8, 2023. Information on how to join America Makes is available at While partners to the lead proposer are not required to be America Makes members, obtaining membership is encouraged. (Note: The foreign membership approval process requires a minimum of three weeks to complete.) Any foreign persons conducting work on the project shall be declared within the Project Team Appendix. Any project activities occurring outside of the U.S. or by non-U.S. persons must be reported and approved by the America Makes Program Management Office. No work can be completed outside of the United States without this approval. Any use of assets (equipment or personnel) based outside the United States must be clearly identified in your proposal. Please provide the description, location, and utilization (number of hours or percentage of total effort) for any such assets. The lead/team is responsible for ensuring compliance with all applicable export control laws and regulations.

Proposals are reviewed by evaluators independent of teams submitting proposals and operate under a confidentiality agreement. Proposers are encouraged to seek legal counsel prior to submitting any response to this Project Call where there is a question regarding the possibility of future patent applications or the patentability of proposal concepts.

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.

Background IP should be declared in Exhibit I.  All (foreground) IP produced on the project is subject to the terms of the membership agreement (please review details in RFP).

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