Research and Development

Requests for Ideas and Call for Projects

From time to time we open Requests for Ideas (RFIs) and Calls for Projects (CFPs) to allow industrial, research, and academic organizations to propose research in specific areas that align with our mission of accelerating the adoption of additive manufacturing by addressing standardization gaps.

Requests for Ideas are open to ASTM technical committee members to submit their ideas for AM standardization. These projects are intended to rapidly generate data and insights needed by the additive manufacturing community and align to specific standardization gaps identified in our roadmap. Ideas are evaluated by ASTM committee members, and successful ideas are assigned to AM CoE partners. The project leads will collaborate with associated ASTM F42 members to develop detailed statements of work and conduct the research.

Calls for Projects will typically address specific research challenges that we have identified are important in our mission. The AM CoE’s CFP calls allow anyone in the AM community to submit a proposal to potentially lead an AM CoE project. Selected projects will receive a funding award from the AM CoE to pursue research that contributes to AM standards development.

Below you will find details on timing and criteria for current and past project calls.

2022 Request for Ideas

Opened: Thursday, April 21, 2022
Closed: Friday, May 20, 2022

The Additive Manufacturing Center of Excellence (AM CoE) is collecting project ideas for the fifth year of R&D projects to support AM standardization. As a benefit of ASTM membership, members have the opportunity to guide this research by sharing their needs and ideas for R&D projects.

Interested in learning more?
View the slides from the RFI Informational Webinar held on Wednesday, May 4th at 10:00am on the AM CoE R&D program and this Request for Ideas.

Presenters include:

  • Jesse Boyer, Pratt Whitney
  • Shane Collins, Wohlers Associates, powered by ASTM International
  • Mahdi Jamshidinia, ASTM International
  • Pat Picariello, ASTM International

Learn More

Project Call FAQs

What is the ASTM Additive Manufacturing Center of Excellence?

The ASTM AM CoE is a collaborative partnership among ASTM—and its over 30,000 members—and representatives from government, academia, and industry that conducts strategic R&D to advance standards across all aspects of additive manufacturing. More information can be found here.

How often are project calls released?

Requests for Ideas and Call for Projects are generally open during the 2nd Quarter and 4th Quarter of each calendar year. To receive a notice about new project opportunities, subscribe to our newsletter.

Who can respond to project calls?

In general, Calls for Projects are open to all interested parties. Requests for Ideas are open to submissions from ASTM committee members, and the projects will be conducted by AM CoE partners. Individual project calls may have different requirements; please refer to the specific project call for details.

How are projects selected?

ASTM Committee F42’s task group on Research and Innovation (F42.90.05) will review and assess project ideas and proposals, against a set of criteria such as feasibility and standardization impact. The AM CoE reserves the right to select some or none of the proposals.

AM CoE by the Numbers

With decades of experience in additive manufacturing, our team of experts is integral to our work. With team members located throughout the Americas, Europe, and Asia, the AM CoE is able to provide agile support for global initiatives.


combined in-kind, government agency, and ASTM investment
projects initiated that will address AM standardization gaps

How can I participate?

  • Support through Research and Development

    Through the AM CoE, research priorities are identified by the top minds in the field and are matched from the start to the standards that need to be generated to ensure the resulting AM technology’s success.

  • Consortium for Materials Data and Standardization

    Consortia for Materials Data & Standardization (CMDS) enables companies of all sizes from across the entire additive manufacturing ecosystem to collaborate on standardizing the best practices for materials data generation.

  • Explore On-Demand Webinars

    The webinar series provides guidance sessions on multiple and diverse topics in AM Design, Fabrication, Post-processing, Mechanical testing, Non-destructive evaluation, Applications, and Qualification and Certification.

  • Education & Workforce Development

    Comprehensive program that educates and trains the additive manufacturing workforce at all levels, while continually incorporating new advances to respond to industry needs and leverage standardization, certification, and AM CoE partner expertise.