Project Call Summary


DMDII seeks to invest in the creation of online courses to stand up the DM&D-101 Specialization through a massive open online course (MOOC) platform.

DMDII is pleased to offer the DM&D-101 Specialization through Coursera. Coursera, a MOOC platform, has popularized and implemented best practices with academic and industry partners for successful online course development. A specialization is an offering through the Coursera platform for learners to master a subject area through taking a targeted sequence of courses. Coursera partners with top universities and organizations worldwide to offer courses online for anyone to take for free. Additional information on Coursera can be found at

Developing on-line courses through a MOOC process will afford DMDII the opportunity to connect across the labor market by customizing material and providing access to educational training material. This will also provide the opportunity to open up the courses to interested parties from the public at large.

“The Employer Potential of MOOCs,” a study funded by the Gates Foundation and conducted by Duke University and RTI International, revealed manufacturers would like to use MOOCs for the education and training of their workforce. The Economist recently noted “digitally-delivered courses, which teach students via the web or tablet apps, have big advantages. With low startup costs and powerful economies of scale, online courses dramatically lower the price of learning and widen access to it, by removing the need for students to be taught at set times or places.”

The target audiences for the DM&D-101 Specialization are design and manufacturing engineers along with operations managers, primarily working at small medium sized manufacturing enterprises (SMEs) throughout the country that are looking to move into the digital manufacturing realm. These courses are also intended to educate future workers on digital manufacturing that include but not limited to high school, community college and university students that are interested in exploring a career in digital manufacturing or design.

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Request for Proposal

For a more detailed description of this project, including technical requirements, download and read the Request for Proposal (RFP).

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Key Dates

With the exception of the due date for Proposals, all dates provided below are estimates and are subject to change.

  • December 10, 2015

    Request for White Papers

  • January 14, 2016

    Project Call Workshop

  • February 15, 2016

    White Papers Due

  • March 7, 2016

    Cost Proposal Solicitations Released

  • March 29, 2016

    Cost Proposals Due

  • June 22, 2016

    Government Approval of Projects

  • July 12, 2016

    Project Kickoff Meetings

Proposal and Cost Proposal Submissions

Required Documents

To be considered for evaluation and award, Proposals and Cost Proposals must follow the development requirements listed in the PPK. This Proposal Preparation Kit (PPK) contains background material, guidance for the preparation of Proposals and Cost Proposals to DMDII, and other required forms and instructions.

Cost Proposal Instructional Video

Please view our Cost Proposal Instructional Video which walks organizations through the cost format template. This allows organizations to familiarize themselves with the tool and to learn how to accurately prepare and submit a cost proposal.

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Submission Instructions

Proposal and Cost Proposal submissions should be made electronically to

Please include the Project Call designation (e.g., “DMDII-15-<xx> – <Project Call Title> - <Offeror Name> - <WP/CP>”) in the subject line of the email.

In the rare circumstance in which an Offeror is prohibited from submitting Proposals or Cost Proposals via email, the Offeror may contact DMDII at to coordinate an alternate submission method. This contact shall be made with sufficient advance notice to allow for ontime submission.