AM-CPC Project Call – March 2023
NCDMM, AFRL, and NIST are seeking responses that outline neutral manufacturing plans to foster an understanding of consistency for multiple metal laser powder bed fusion machines.
One-Step Proposal Process
This project call involves a one-step proposal process:
A full project proposal, as outlined in the RFP, is due by 5pm ET on Friday, April 7, 2023.
Industry Day Kick-off at Spring TRX on 3/8: Presentation
Q&A from Industry Day Kick-Off
America Makes Digital Storefront
Project Call Announcement and Posting
Questions from Proposers about Scope or Approach Due
Responses to Proposers about Scope or Approach Due
(All questions and responses will be shared with all proposers on www.americamakes.us)
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
Anticipated Date to have Projects on Contract
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 email@example.com. 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 Friday, March 24, 2023. Information on how to join America Makes is available at www.americamakes.us/membership. 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.
When submitting detailed proposals will the approaches remain confidential, so as to not jeopardize future patent applications?
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.
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?
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).
A valid DD2345 is not required for this project.
The RFP notes that budgets must present project costs broken down by task, by month, and by government FY; however, Exhibit VII does not demonstrate this breakdown in the example provided. A different part of the RFP states that there should be a cost breakdown by project phase. Could you clarify if use of the DARPA Standard Cost Proposal workbook (single TA) (attached) would provide sufficient detail and breakdown to meet the requirements for this call?
Using the proposed format meets the requirements of the solicitation but please note any potential award will be subject to the uniform grant agreement regulations found in 2 CFR 200. The cost template example provided includes references to the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) and this is not a FAR contract.
The RFP refers to an “Exhibit VI Listing of all Test Lab Certifications and Pertinent Test Lab Qualification Details;” however, I cannot find this exhibit in the RFP. Could you clarify if there is a format that we are to follow for this requirement?
The test lab certifications/qualifications should be attached after Exhibit V. There is no official format listed in the RFP.
The RFP provides an America Makes subrecipient agreement. Must this exact agreement be utilized to meet the requirements at time of award or can our institution utilize standard FDP and/or institutional-approved subaward agreements in place of the provided agreement?
The America Makes sub-recipient agreement provided must be used if an award is granted.