Open Project Call – August 2022
Open Project Call
The Open Project Call leverages collaboration and perspectives from the membership, working groups, Roadmap Advisory Group (RMAG), and prior America Makes AM Technology Roadmap workshop efforts to create actionable focus areas which address the needs of the membership.
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 5pm ET on Friday, September 16, 2022.
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 below)
Deadline for team members receiving federal award funding to be an America Makes member
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 ALL Projects on Contract
All project finalized reports and deliverables received no later than
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Team members receiving federal funding must be America Makes members.
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.
Yes, but only if they are members. The approval process for foreign-owned entities can take up to 4 weeks to complete, so non-members would not have sufficient time to apply and be approved prior to this deadline.
Federal dollars cannot be spent outside of the United States. It is the Lead / team’s responsibility to ensure 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?
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.
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?
The IP is owned by the organization that developed the IP, however that IP is subject to the rules outlined in the membership agreement.
Can our cost share be used to buy process monitoring equipment that will directly support our proposed work?
Yes, however the Government has a right to the equipment once the project has ended. It would need tagged, stored and dispositioned appropriately. Please see CFR 200 for more details.
Can you provide more details and descriptions on what is meant by high throughput fatigue testing? What are the key performance parameters (KPPs)?
High throughput refers to more samples in less time with valid results
For project call #2 (Material Effects on Fatigue Properties), is there interest in understanding fatigue properties of un-HIP'd/HIP'd titanium or stainless-steel parts?
We can not answer questions about scope or approach.
From the RFP
-Responses which clearly explain why funding is required based upon historical evidence, perceived value of outcomes, technical merit, likelihood of success, and including a discussion of other sources of funding that have been attained or being pursued, and how this funding will provide specific benefits to all America makes Members. You may also take advantage of the Project Strategic Relevance Appendix: The Project Strategic Relevance Appendix should contain explicit examples of how the proposed work is integral to the vested interests of the proposing team, as well as how the successful outcomes of the proposed project will integrate into potential follow-on efforts. There is no guarantee of follow-on funding. Details should be included that highlight follow-on approach, milestones, deliverables, approximate timeline to achieve TRL 7, and associated relevant KPPs.
Is in-kind cost share allowed, or does it have to be cash? For example, are the costs associated with running trials on a forging press allowed as in-kind?
Yes, In kind cost share is allowed.
For topic area three (Rapid Tooling Using a Novel AM Process Chain), is this specifically focused on tooling for wrought processing such as forging, or could it also be applied to metal molds for casting processes?
The intent is for high temperature, high stress processing of metal. Note: projects that suggest using additively manufactured product in lieu of wrought materials are out of scope.
In this case a “chain” is referring to a sequence of processes
In the description for topic area number 3, it indicates “the intent is for high temperature, high stress processing of metal”. Does this sentence refer to the metal being processed (being forged), or does this refer to the AM processed die?
From the RFP:
-Offerors are encouraged to propose approaches that use a novel additive manufacturing process chain to manufacture tooling for the manufacture of wrought product.
-The intent is for high temperature, high stress processing of metal. If useful, it may include conformal cooling and temperature controls. Technical approaches addressing this project may vary but may include any process or series of processes in combination with the material(s) of choice that could reasonably be expected to address this problem. Note: projects that suggest using additively manufactured product in lieu of wrought materials are out of scope.
The intent is for high temperature, high stress processing of metal. If useful, it may include conformal cooling and temperature controls. Technical approaches addressing this project may vary but may include any process or series of processes in combination with the material(s) of choice that could reasonably be expected to address this problem. Note: projects that suggest using additively manufactured product in lieu of wrought materials are out of scope.