Submissions Due by 5pm ET on Monday, March 1, 2021

Rapid Innovation Call – February 2021

America Makes announces a new Rapid Innovation Call (RICs) with three topics worth $185K in total funding.

A kick-off webinar reviewing the project call was held February 18, 2021. Watch Recording

Topic 1: Characterization of Metal AM Process Surface Features

The technical focus of this project is the development and demonstration of in-situ process monitoring for metal AM surface features. The goal is to expand the industry understanding of metal AM and establish a quantitative data set to refine best practices, which will subsequently contribute to Q&C standards. As this is a Member Driven RIC, there is no cost share requirement for this project call.

Topic 2: AM Part Families for Product Qualification & Certification (Q&C)

The technical focus is to leverage existing AM data to create AM part families to increase the amount validated AM data within the public domain and develop Q&C standards. The goal is to drive broader adoption of AM in such specific industries as aerospace, medical, and aviation where Q&C of AM parts is critically needed. As this is a Government Driven RIC, this call has a cost share requirement of 25 percent.

Topic 3: Development of Test Artifacts for the Characterization of AM In-situ Process Monitoring Systems

The technical focus of this project is to use test artifacts or geometric feature sets to evaluate the performance of in-situ process monitoring in metals-based AM commercial systems. The goal is to increase AM fabrication and AM parts quality in real-time instead of quality analysis after fabrication. As this is a Government Driven RIC, this call has a cost share requirement of 25 percent.

One-Step Proposal Process

The proposal process for this America Makes Project Call is a one-step non-traditional process:

A full project proposal, as outlined in the RFP, is due by 5 p.m. EST Monday, March 1, 2021. 

Dates/Deadlines:

Project Call Announcement and Posting 2/9/2021
Kick-off Webinar (Watch Recording) 2/18/2021
Questions from Proposers about Scope or Approach Due 2/16/2021
Responses to Proposers about Scope or Approach Due
(All questions and responses will be shared with all proposers on this web page.)
2/19/2021
Deadline for all team members to be an America Makes Member 2/19/2021
Fully Executed NDA with NCDMM (if proposal contains proprietary information) 2/19/2021
Full Project Proposal Submission Due Date 3/1/2021
Anticipated Decision and Selection of Projects 3/15/2021
Anticipated Date to have ALL Projects on Contract 4/31/2021
All project finalized reports and deliverables received by NCDMM no later than 08/31/2021

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