CMI Open Innovation Project (OIP)

COVID-19 Updates and Resources Pandemic Recovery Updates and Information

The Critical Materials Institution created the Open Innovation Project (OIP) proposal process during its seventh year as a way to add to the research portfolio during its eighth year. 

The CMI Open Innovation Project (OIP) was announced on June 5, 2020. Links to information and forms to use:

  1. CMI OIP Call 2020 (Modification 0001): The purpose of this modification is to eliminate the previous requirement that one organization be a current CMI Team Member or Affiliate
  2. CMI OIP Concept and Full Proposal Guidelines
  3. Appendix A CMI OIP Budget Template
  4. Appendix A1 CMI Budget Justification
  5. Appendix B CMI OIP Biographical Sketches
  6. Appendix C CMI OIP Current and Pending Support
  7. Appendix D CMI OIP Facilities and Equipment
  8. CMI Year 8 R&D Portfolio

Teams must consist of a minimum of two organizations. The team must contain one member of industry and at least one of the organizations must be a current CMI Team Member or Affiliate. Industry-led proposals are preferred but not required. Lead institutions are limited to one submission. See CMI OIP Concept and Full Proposal Guidelines.

The Critical Materials Institute held an information session about its call for Open Innovation Projects (OIP) on Thursday, June 11, where CMI Director Tom Lograsso described the call and OIP proposal process, then answered questions about it. Answers to the questions posed during the webinar plus questions submitted by proposers via, are on the FAQ list (59 questions as of 8-17-2020). The slides from the webinar are available here. The webinar was recorded, and is available here

Proposal Process
Proposals will be considered in two phases. Proposal teams will have approximately four (4) weeks to submit a concept paper. Encouraged concept paper teams will have an additional four (four) weeks to complete a full proposal.

Looking for a Team?
If you are looking to partner with others on an OIP proposal, please fill in the information requested here. Information from people who have indicated an interest in Teaming, including names and contact information are available here.

Call Release Date June 5, 2020
Webinar June 11, 2020
Concept Papers Due July 1, 2020
Concept Paper Decision July 20, 2020
Invited Full Proposals Due August 21, 2020
Funding Notification September 30, 2020
Anticipated Start Date January 1, 2021

Concept papers are due no later than 5 p.m. CDT on July 1, 2020. Invitations to proceed to the full-proposal stage are planned for July 20, 2020. Full proposals will be accepted only from encouraged concept papers, and are due no later than 5 p.m. CDT on August 21, 2020. Both concept papers and full proposals should be submitted via email to

Award Notification
Notification of award will be received by September 30, 2020. The anticipated start date is January 1, 2021.

Please direct questions regarding this CMI call to