Open Project Call 2024

America Makes Announces $2.1M Project Call

This project call is offering a total of $2.1M in federal funding through the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense, Research and Engineering Manufacturing Technology Office (OSD(R&E)). This project call features six topics (see below). Four awards are anticipated for topics 1-5 and the maximum funding request must not exceed $225K. Two awards are anticipated for topic 6 and not to exceed $600K. Proposers should reference the RFP for additional details.

Topic Areas

Topics 1-5:
Topics 1-5 result from the actions of the Institute and its membership. Additive manufacturing (AM) technologies offer a range of benefits including unique product geometries, relatively fewer tooling requirements, and shorter lead times compared to other manufacturing methods. The industrialization of AM represents an opportunity to convert demonstrated manufacturing capability to capable manufacturing capacity. Industrialization requires cost-effective operating models and practices. These emerging realities require widespread understanding within the domestic supply chain, including manufacturing operational practices that address sustainability and robust quality control.

    1. In-Situ Dimensional Verification of Increased Complexity AM Parts
    2. In-Process Sensor Calibration, Characterization Methods, and Operating Limits to Yield Reliable Process Data
    3. Characterizing and Correlating Coupon to Part Material Properties
    4. Novel Low Cost, High Productivity Aluminum Manufacturing
    5. High-Fidelity Prediction of Residual Stress Distribution in Laser Powder Bed Fusion

Topic 6: Analysis of AM Sustainability and Environmental Benefits
This topic seeks responses that outline an approach to develop and demonstrate sustainable AM practices and products through design, material selection and development, material handling, and/or recycling.

Please note the new submission process. All proposals must be submitted electronically via the “Submit Proposal Here” button. Submissions will be acknowledged upon receipt with an electronic email confirmation from NCDMM within 24 hours. If a confirmation is not received within 24 hours, email

Proposal Submission Process

NCDMM is not responsible for system malfunctions or undeliverable submissions. It is the proposer’s responsibility to ensure that the submission has been received.

Questions? Please email Cole Miller, Program Analyst.

Membership Eligibility

  • The lead proposer/organization must be a current America Makes member. Team members receiving funding must be an America Makes member paid in full by August 1, 2024.
  • Paid in full means the organization must fulfill its annual dues via (1) cash payment, (2) have accumulated at a minimum of $15,000 in cost share or (3) a combination of cost share and cash totaling $15,000. Information on how to join America Makes is available on the membership page.
  • Membership Request Form
  • Membership Project Call Q&A
  • Need additional information or clarification? Contact Zane Ross, Engagement Manager.


Project Call Announcement


Project Kick-off – TRX@RAPID | Registration Required


Questions from Proposers about Scope and Approach Due


Responses to Proposers about Scope or Approach Due (All questions and responses will be shared with all proposers on


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


Deadline for Fully Executed Membership Agreement


Deadline to be an America Makes Member Paid in Full


Proposal Submission Due Date


Anticipated Decision and Notification to Project Proposal Teams


Anticipated Date to have All Projects on Contract


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Topics 1-5: All participants must be America Makes members.

Topic 6: Only the lead proposer must be an America Makes member.

Yes, teams may submit more than one project proposal, however, each proposal is limited to addressing only one project.

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.

If a project will manage export-controlled information or restricted material, Foreign Nationals will not be permitted to perform work under this project at lead proposer or any subrecipient facilities, remotely, or otherwise.  As used in this provision, the term “Foreign National” means any natural person who is not a lawful permanent resident as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1101(a)(20) or who is not a protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3).  It also means any foreign corporation, business association, partnership, trust, society or any other entity or group that is not incorporated or organized to do business in the United States.

Proposals are reviewed by evaluators who are 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 a 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).

The lead proposer must be registered in the U.S. System for Award Management (SAM) and have a Cage Code and UEI number before submitting a proposal.

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