Proliferation of AM Material Datasets

This project call is offering a total of $5.75M in federal funding through the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense, Research and Engineering Manufacturing Technology Office (OSD(R&E)), and the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL). This project call features two topics: 1) Aluminum Alloy Material Dataset; and 2) High-Temperature Nickel-Based Superalloys. One award is anticipated for each topic area and the maximum request for funding varies depending upon the topic being addressed. Proposers should reference the RFP for additional details.

America Makes recognizes there are additional material systems beyond Ti-6Al-4V that can benefit the AM industry. This project call aims to increase the number and type of pedigreed, statistically-based, and industrially-relevant AM material datasets. The RFP also looks to encourage the proliferation of these learnings, practices, and data to a more expansive cross-section of the AM supply chain by requiring partnerships with small businesses.

2 Topic Areas worth $5.75M

  • Topic 1: Aluminum Alloy Material Dataset ($2.875M)
  • Topic 2: High-Temperature Nickel-Based Superalloys ($2.875M)

Process

This project call involves a one-step proposal process. Multiple proposal submissions are permitted; however, each proposal must address one topic area only. The deadline for the complete project proposal as outlined in the RFP is due by 5 p.m. ET on Friday, September 29.

Please note the new submission process. All proposals must be submitted electronically via the “Submit Proposal Here” button. All 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, please email projectcall@americamakes.us.

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

Membership Eligibility

  • The lead proposer/organization must be a current America Makes member in good standing by Thursday, September 14, 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.
  • Membership Request Form
  • Membership Project Call Q&A
  • Need additional information or clarification? Contact Zane Ross, Engagement Manager.

Dates/Deadlines:

Project Call Announcement and Posting

8/15/2023

Project Call Kickoff (MMX event – Registration Required)

8/15/2023

Questions from Proposers about Scope or Approach Due

8/22/2023

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

8/25/2023

Proposal Lead to Complete Fully Executed Membership Agreement

9/14/2023

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

9/14/2023

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

9/29/2023

Anticipated Decision/Notification of Project Teams

10/30/2023

Anticipated Date to have all Projects on Contract

12/1/2023

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  • The project lead proposer/organization must be an America Makes member in good standing by Thursday, September 14, 2023.
  • The lead proposer shall be registered in U.S. System for Award Management (SAM) and have a Cage Code and DUNS number before submitting a proposal.
  • 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.

Yes, teams may submit more than one Project Proposal. However, each proposal is limited to addressing one topic area only.

Questions should be emailed to projectcall@americamakes.us. 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.

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 outside 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).

A valid DD2345 is not required to participate in topic areas within this project call.

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