YOUNGSTOWN, OH — America Makes, the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute, announced its next project call for additive manufacturing applied research and development projects.

Driven by the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining, America Makes will provide up to $8 million in funding toward these projects with at least $8 million in matching cost share from the awarded project teams for total funding worth $16 million.

“Today’s announcement marks yet another significant investment in AM made available through the Institute,” said Rob Gorham, America Makes director of operations. “With the addition of this project call, along with our most recent directed project opportunity funded by the Air Force Research Laboratory, America Makes will soon have a portfolio worth more than $68 million in public and private funds invested in advancing the state-of-the-art in AM in the United States.”

The America Makes project call is focused on those areas with the greatest impact as determined by the America Makes membership participation in the Technology Investment Strategy Workshops facilitated by America Makes and the Roadmap Advisory Group.

“This project call demonstrates America Makes’ continued commitment to maturing critical technologies specific to AM, as well as furthering the collective body of knowledge available to our membership that they can leverage for the advancement of our industry at large,” said John Wilczynski, America Makes deputy director of technology development.

The project call is limited to five technical topic areas with subset focus areas. Proposals can address one or more technical topic areas, but must address all evaluation criteria. The America Makes project call technical topics are as follows: additive manufacturing design, additive manufacturing material, additive manufacturing process, additive manufacturing value chain and additive manufacturing genome.

To be eligible for the America Makes Project Call, a lead proposer must be an America Makes member by the proposal submission deadline of May 1, 2015.

Information on how to join America Makes is available at