Call for Project Submissions Spring 2018

Overview

The RAPID Manufacturing Institute is leading a national effort to address scientific knowledge and technology gaps in process intensification and modular manufacturing.

On March 29, 2018, the RAPID Manufacturing Institute released two calls for proposals:

  1. Research and development (R&D) project proposals in the areas of process intensification and modular chemical processing that will advance the following institutional goals, summarized below:
  • More than 20% Increase in energy efficiency in a process intensification technology
  • Doubling of energy productivity through a process intensification technology
  • Intensified process modules with 10x reduction in capital cost, 20% improvement in energy efficiency, and 20% lower emissions/waste related to commercial state of the art.
  • Approaches to reduce manufacturing costs of process intensified modules by 20%
  • Tool to reduce cost of deploying modular chemical process intensification by 50%

2. Education and Workforce Development (EWD) project proposals for 2-5 day, face-to-face courses that advance graduate student and professional engineer knowledge in process intensification and modular processing.

Focus Areas:

Successful R&D projects will include collaborations among/between industry, academia, national laboratories, non-profit, and other stakeholders that advance technologies applicable to one or more of RAPID’s Focus Areas. Successful EWD projects will include collaborations among/between industry, academia, national laboratories, non-profit, and other stakeholders that:

  • Advance technical knowledge in one or more of RAPID’s cross-cutting Focus Areas.
  • Incorporate industrial examples/applications/case studies from one or more of RAPID Application Focus Areas.

Crosscutting Focus Areas:

Application Focus Areas:

Proposal Requirements

RAPID’s call for proposals open March 29, 2018, and end May 22, 2018. No applications will be accepted after May 22, 2018 (midnight Eastern Time). The proposal process is open only to RAPID members—who will serve as project leads.

  • Proposal formats include one for R&D projects and one for EWD projects. Applicants should adhere to proposal section lengths and formatting outlined in the proposal template.
  • Applicants can upload completed applications along with additional required information in the application form.
  • One scoring criteria for submitted projects will be the level of industrial support as demonstrated by cost share commitments. RAPID has an institute target of a 2:1 cost share ratio (partner: federal) for all projects. While projects with less than a 2:1 cost share ratio will be considered, a minimum cost share ratio of 1:1 will be required for a proposal to be considered.

Proposal Scoring and Review

R&D Proposal Scoring and Review

All proposals must be submitted to one of the six RAPID focus areas. The sub-committees of RAPID’s Technical Advisory Board will be responsible for reviewing and rating all proposals summited to their area based on a set of pre-defined metrics detailed in the additional information below.  RAPID’s CTO will work with the Institute’s Technical Advisory Board (TAB) to combine proposal recommendations from each focus area into a single set of recommended proposals for the Institute. These proposals will be reviewed with RAPID’s Governing Board.  Selected projects will subsequently be submitted to DOE for their concurrence. These projects will then enter negotiations with RAPID and the final project package will be sent to the DOE prior to the final awarding of funds.

Proposals will be scored based on five (5) categories including, how they:

(1) address key PI and MCPI gaps identified during RAPID’s initial roadmapping activities;

(2) meet RAPID metrics for project impact;

(3) demonstrate a significant advancement in the basic scientific knowledge or technology in one or more application areas;

(4) provide background on the assembled team and their abilities to carry out the proposed work; and

(5) indicate the level of industrial support as demonstrated by cost share commitments.

EWD Proposal Scoring and Review

The Education & Workforce Development sub-committee of RAPID’s Technical Advisory Board will be responsible for coordinating the review all EWD proposals submitted based on a set of pre-defined metrics detailed in the additional information below.  RAPID’s CTO will work with the Institute’s Technical Advisory Board (TAB) to define a set of proposals to progress toward funding.  These proposals will be reviewed with RAPID’s Governing Board.  Selected projects will subsequently be submitted to DOE for their concurrence.  These projects will then enter negotiations with RAPID and the final project package will be sent to the DOE prior to the final awarding of funds.

Proposals will be scored based on six (6) categories including how they:

(1) address key PI and MCPI knowledge gaps identified in RAPID’s PI & MCPI Body of Knowledge;

(2) fulfill educational needs of graduate students and professional engineers through impactful course learning objectives;

(3) demonstrate academic merit including what type of skills, knowledge the attendees will gain (i.e., learning outcomes, evaluation methods, design/simulation tools, etc.);

(4) provide background on the assembled team and their abilities to carry out the proposed work; 

(5) utilize existing facilities and/or industry partners; and

(6) envision a sustainability plan whereby RAPID can provide continued offerings.

Complete details on scoring approach, the project review process, the identified technology and knowledge gaps of interest for both project calls can be found in the detailed documentation section on the bottom of this web page.

Timeline

  • Call for Proposals Opens - March 29, 2018
  • Call for Proposals Closes – May 22, 2018
  • Project Endorsed Recommendation by RAPID Technical Advisory & Governing Boards – July 31, 2018
  • Project negotiations completed with signed sub-award agreements, cost share verification, budget, and other required documents to RAPID and DOE by October 1, 2018

Additional information

Additional information about RAPID and the proposal review and scoring process can be found in the following;

R&D Projects

General questions about the R&D project call announcement can be directed to ignap@aiche.org.

EWD Projects

General questions about RAPID’s EWD project call announcement can be directed to Ashley Smith-Schoettker at ashls@aiche.org.

Submit your RAPID proposal