RFP3 Questions and Answers

Request for Proposals Three,  QUESTIONS and ANSWERS:

Any questions regarding this opportunity can be submitted to roadmapprojects.info@cesmii.org  (an attempt will be made to answer all questions).

1 How are the Educational SM Apps and VR systems related to the Upskilling Curriculum?

CESMII has identified SM skills required in the workforce and these projects are directed to creating resources to equip the educator network to deliver the required education and training. The educational SM Apps and VR/simulator systems need to provide students with hands-on exercises in relation to the curriculum.

See this document for more information.

2 How does CESMII support small and medium manufacturers that want to participate but are not technically advanced and need assistance? Yes, CESMII has a variety of resources to assist with manufacturers, either other instatutes, system integrators, or vendors that are interested in working with you.  You should contact CESMII for more information.
3 Does the application vendor need to be USA based? All project team members need to be based in the USA. We do have provisions for a USA division of an international company, but there are additional cosiderations in that case that CESMII will help to manage.  You can purchase products that are supplied by international companies and use those in projects.  But actual project participants must be based in the USA.
4 Does CESMII provide assistance or subsidies for applicants that are working on proposals? Due to DOE regulations, we can not subsidize the process of proposal creation.  However, CESMII will offer assistance to educate and guide your process of proposal development.
5 We are a non-profit software development consortium.  How can we become involved with CESMII and your SMEs? CESMII offers a number of working groups.  As a CESMII member, you will have access to those groups and supporting the members therein.  In particular, there is a Small to Medium Manufacturer Affinity Group.
6 You state that you encourage proposals that combine the addressing of Focus Area 1 with either or both Focus Area 3 and Focus Area 4.  Can you explain further? There are cases where you have expertise in equipment, and you are interested in developing Profiles.  That is a value for Focus Area 3.  But at the same time, you have an application for that machine and that can be a solution for Focus Area 1.  The idea for CESMII is to maximize the results of projects to accress applications and the building blocks that make solutions of all types possible.
7 How does CESMII handle Support for Platform related items? Developer support if offered through our community on Discord.  We will also offer support via Zoom and email.  We ahve CESMII members that are developing our solutions and those supporting companies also offer support.
8 SM Innovation Platforms – What Standards are you using? We have a great deal of support for Standards.  The primary standard would be OPC UA for the information model.  We have an API standard based on GraphQL.  The Semantics, what words mean, is still open and there  are competing standards on that front, and we are working with both to some to a resolution.
9 Will the presentation be posted? Yes, our Presentation is posted in PDF form.  Also, our Webinar is posted to our YouTube channel and linked into the RFP Page.
10 Do we need to be a member to respond to the RFP? No, you do not need to be a member to respond, however, should your proposal be selected, you will need to become a member.  Membership information can be found here.
11 Hello I am an associate professor and interested to send proposal to the RFP#3, focus area 1 in collaboration with a professor from another University. One of us have the CESMII membership. Do both of us need to have the membership or just one is enough? You do not have to be members to apply for an RFP project. Once you are selected, all project partners (sub-recipients) should be members in good standing by the time the contract is awarded. Vendors do not have to be members. So in your case, both will need to be members by the time the project is awarded.
12 We are interested in an innovation industry project to produce the latest model of aviation vehicles.  Is that applicable? CESMII will consider project proposals that address the specific areas of interest described in the RFP. Application projects outside of the RFP may be considered as long as they are relevant to CESMII’s mission and objectives described on our website.

Please advise: the deadline for proposals on the website is Aug. 10 but the RFP pdf (page 8) says July 27.

The deadline for RFP3 proposals is August 10.  We will correct the RFP PDF document asap.





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