Rapid Innovation Call – January 21, 2021

January 21, 2021 | Categories: America Makes News, Project Call, Technology

Submissions Due by 5pm ET on Monday, February 8, 2021

Rapid Innovation Call – January 2021

America Makes announces two new Rapid Innovation Calls (RICs) worth $100K in total funding ($50,000 per topic).

A kick-off webinar reviewing the project call was held January 27, 2021.  View Recording

Topic 1: Searchable Materials Database 

For this Member Driven RIC, the technical focus is the development of a searchable and scalable AM materials database capable of compiling mechanical/physical property data. The goal is to improve data management and analytics. The database will equip the AM design community with an efficient interface to access and compare America Makes project material datasets and pedigree information. There is no cost share requirement for this project call.

Topic 2: MPM Reference Material 

For this Government Driven RIC, the technical focus was provided by the National Institutes of Standards and Technology (NIST) to continue to build upon previous efforts of developing and demonstrating reference materials necessary for the characterization and validation of process monitoring instrumentation widely used in commercial metal AM systems. The goal is develop, demonstrate, and document a method to achieve repeatable and reliable protocols to quantitatively assess melt pool monitoring instrumentation calibration and accuracy utilizing high purity metals as a reference material. This call has a cost share requirement of 25 %.

Download RFP

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, February 8, 2021. 


Project Call Announcement and Posting 1/21/2021
Kick-off Webinar (View Recording) 1/27/2021
Questions from Proposers about Scope or Approach Due 1/28/2021
Responses to Proposers about Scope or Approach Due
(All questions and responses will be shared with all proposers on this web page.)
Deadline for all team members to be an America Makes Member 2/2/2021
Fully Executed NDA with NCDMM (if proposal contains proprietary information) 2/2/2021
Full Project Proposal Submission Due Date 2/8/2021
Anticipated Decision and Selection of Projects 2/22/2021
Anticipated Date to have ALL Projects on Contract 3/31/2021
All project finalized reports and deliverables received by NCDMM no later than 07/31/2021

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

All team members of project team must be America Makes members by 2/2/2021.

Yes, teams may submit more than one Project Proposal.

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.

Yes, but only if they are members by 2/2/2021. 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 2/2/2021 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.

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.

No, as of now we just want to be able to upload data sets and other project information manually.