Manufacturing Demonstration Facility


Technology Collaborations for US Manufacturers in Advanced Manufacturing and Materials Technologies

Oak Ridge National Laboratory is seeking industry partners to participate in short-term, collaborative projects within the Manufacturing Demonstration Facility to assess applicability and of new energy efficient manufacturing technologies. This opportunity will provide selected participants access to ORNL’s experienced staff and unique equipment and capabilities to demonstrate proof-of-principle for advanced concepts with intent to develop and deploy new manufacturing processes or materials in U.S. manufacturing industries.

ORNL is requesting proposals from industry to assess applicability of new technologies that can reduce manufacturing energy intensity or produce new, energy-efficient products. As part of the technology collaborations conducted under this announcement, the proposer will describe and quantify the potential manufacturing and life cycle energy savings that may be realized by the targeted project. Projects that focus on advanced manufacturing and materials technologies for commercial applications related to additive manufacturing or carbon fiber and composites will have the highest likelihood of acceptance.

Projects will be conducted during a short-time period (i.e. 60-90 days). At least 50% cost share, which can be funds-in to ORNL or in-kind contributions (e.g., facilities, services, and staff time), is required on the part of the industrial participant. Participant cost-share cannot be met using funds from U.S. Government sources. Funds will not be provided to the industrial participant by ORNL.

Learn more about the MDF Technical Collaborations Program

  • Announcement
  • Proposal guidelines
  • Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) Information
    Awardees are expected to enter into a CRADA with UT-Battelle. Because of the need for accelerated placement and execution of the projects, the most favorable terms allowable within DOE guidelines have been established and will not be subject to negotiation. Failure to enter into a CRADA in a timely manner will result in termination of further project consideration. CRADAs have provisions that address the protection of the partners’ existing proprietary information and intellectual property, as well as the information and intellectual property generated and made during the collaboration. More specifically, each party owns its own inventions while jointly developed inventions will be jointly owned. In all cases, U.S. Government will retain government use rights. Proprietary data used in performing the work may be protected for a period of up to five years.

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