RFP: REMADE Institute to Solicit Proposals for Two Focus Areas
The REMADE Institute issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) to solicit projects to support research and development (R&D) and education and workforce development that will enable U.S. manufacturers to increase the recovery, recycling, reuse, and remanufacturing of plastics and other materials. REMADE will invest approximately $24 million with 50% in REMADE funding and 50% awardee cost-share and fund approximately 12 to 18 exploratory and full R&D projects aligned with REMADE’s research focus areas, as well as 4-8 education and workforce development projects.
The Reducing EMbodied Energy and Decreasing Emissions (REMADE) Institute is announcing a Request for Proposals (RFP) for Institute roadmap projects. REMADE solicits and will select project proposals that develop state-of-the-art technologies that enable U.S. manufacturers to increase the recovery, reuse, remanufacturing and recycling of metals, polymers, fibers, and e-waste and advance the goals of the Institute.
The total investment will be approximately $24 million with 50% in REMADE funding and 50% awardee cost-share.
For RFP 19-01, REMADE plans to award projects in topics discussed below in support of the two Areas of Interest (AOI):
A. Research & Development (R&D), and
B. Education & Workforce Development (EWD).
For 19-01, REMADE will allocate up to $11 million toward R&D aligned with four REMADE Nodes (research focus areas), and approximately $1 million will be allocated to EWD. The four Nodes that will be supported through any of the research projects that may be selected as a result of the anticipated RFP are: 1) Design for Re-X, 2) Manufacturing Materials Optimization, 3) Remanufacturing & End-of-Life Reuse, and 4) Recycling & Recovery.
The RFP Topics can be found below.
These topics were identified with input obtained from the REMADE Roadmap (https://remadeinstitute.org/technology-roadmap) and REMADE’s standing committees. The budgets set forth are targets that may be revised based on actual proposals submitted to construct an optimized a portfolio of projects.
 Re-X is shorthand for recovery, reuse, remanufacturing, and recycling. However, while not specifically called out in the above definition, sub-processes such as disassembly, sorting, inspection, cleaning, and collection should also be considered when considering Re-X within the manufacturing industry.
 Funding is the REMADE portion of the total funding. Proposers need to provide the equivalent cost-share for any project proposed.