Rapid Innovation Call for Topics

America Makes is seeking topic submissions by July 2, 2021 with the intent to officially launch a Rapid Innovation Call (RIC) for Projects at the beginning of August when future funding opportunities will be made available.

The RIC project model provides the Institute with an agile framework to adapt and pivot quickly to the evolving challenges of the supply chain via direct input from its membership community and/or government stakeholders.

Topic Submission Deadline Friday, July 2, 2021 before 5 pm EDT
Cost Share No specific percentage, but cost share will be considered as part of evaluation criteria
Period of Performance Shorter periods acceptable or 7 months (5 months execution, 2 months final reporting)
NO extensions will be considered


All team members of a project team must be America Makes members in good standing a minimum of 45 days prior to the project start.  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.

Topic Submission, Selection,
and Proposal Process

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

  1. Rapid Innovation Call for Topic Submission is submitted by stakeholder.
  2. Executive Committee reviews submissions and selects Topics for proposals
  3. Selected Topic gets posted to America Makes website
  4. Response Deadline and Q&A periods get defined
  5. Proposal with approach, SOW, Cost Volume, Exhibits is submitted
  6. Awards announced


Informational Webinar  (View Recording) June 8, 2021
Submission Deadlines July 2, 2021 by 5pm EDT
America Makes Member/MoU Execution Deadline Min 45 days prior
to project start
Fully Executed NDA with NCDMM (if concept contains proprietary information) Prior to concept submission

Rapid Innovation Call for Topics – Questions & Answers

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)