Education & Workforce Development Project Call


The RAPID Manufacturing Institute is leading a national effort to address scientific knowledge and technology gaps in process intensification and modular manufacturing. On January 31, 2019, the RAPID Manufacturing Institute released a call for Education and Workforce Development (EWD) project proposals which develop a 2-5 day face-to-face course that advances graduate student and professional engineer knowledge and competency in process intensification and modular processing concepts.

RAPID, along with cost share from project teams, will fund the development of the content and a pilot offering. Once developed and piloted, RAPID would arrange to work with the funded partner to continue offering the course bi-annually (see future course offering terms for more information). The maximum award is $350,000 (RAPID share + cost share).

Successful EWD projects will:

  • Develop a face-to-face course which is hands-on and project or lab-based.
  • Take place over no fewer than two days (One day = 8 hours of instruction) and no more than five days with no more than four hours of electronic content.
    • For example: a course requires four hours of introductory/safety material that is developed into an eLearning course for participants to complete before arriving onsite for a hands-on, face-to-face two-day course.
  • Target the PI and MCPI educational needs of graduate students and professional engineers.
  • Align with the PI and MCPI Body of Knowledge. For access to this members-only document, please email with your request. Note: this document was updated as of December 31, 2018.
  • Detail course assessment techniques that define and measure participant success, course success and instructor success.
  • (A plus) Include industry participation (e.g. a tour of an industry partner utilizing PI technology).
  • NOTE: Priority will be given to proposals which specifically address one or more of the following:
    • Priority A: Focus on providing a detailed understanding of a particular topic area within process intensification and/or modularization (e.g. flow chemistry, microreactors)
  • ​Priority B: Teach how to apply design practices and tools across processes/industries that encompass many PI and/or modular technologies.
  • Priority C: Focus on providing an understanding of the limiting chemical and physical factors in existing processes and ways to utilize PI or MCPI to overcome those limitations when appropriate.

Proposal Requirements

RAPID’s Education & Workforce Development Call for Proposals will be open from January 31, 2019 to March 29, 2019. No applications can be accepted after March 29, 2019 (midnight Eastern time). The proposal process is open to all RAPID members.

Proposal format is included below. Applicants should adhere to proposal section lengths and formatting included 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

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 5 categories including:

  1. fit with key PI and MCPI knowledge gaps identified in RAPID’s PI & MCPI Body of Knowledge and fit with priorities identified in project call
  2. the impact potential of course learning objectives
  3. academic merit including what type of skills, knowledge the attendees will gain (ie: learning outcomes, evaluation methods, design/simulation tools, etc.)
  4. the background of the assembled team and their abilities to carry out the proposed work
  5. existing facilities and/or industry partners

Details on scoring approach, the project review process and the identified technology and knowledge gaps of interest can be found in the detailed documentation listed below. 


Call for Proposals Opens

January 31, 2019

Informational Webinar

February 28, 2019 (email to request dial-in information)

Call for Proposals Closes

March 29, 2019

Project negotiations completed with signed sub-award agreements, cost share verification, budget, and other required documents to RAPID and DOE

August 2019

Anticipated Course Development Period

August 2019 – June 2020

Anticipated Pilot Course

Summer 2020

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

Additional Information

General questions about RAPID’s EWD project call announcement can be directed to Ashley Smith-Schoettker at

Submit an EWD project proposal