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The Air Force and AFWERX will not be participating in the broader SBIR/STTR 21.3/C solicitation cycle, but will return with many new innovations to the small business programs in early 2022.


For all SBIR/STTR opportunities visit DSIP website

Seed Fund

The SBIR and STTR programs fund a diverse portfolio of startups and small businesses across technology areas and markets to stimulate technological innovation, meet Federal research and development (R&D) needs, and increase commercialization to transition R&D into impact.

We foster and encourage participation in innovation and entrepreneurship by all people, including women, people of color, people with disabilities, and entrepreneurs located in all 50 states and U.S. territories.

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The AFVentures team is excited to bring another series of topics to small businesses and government representatives. The series is designed to educate and provide insight on how the AFWERX SBIR/STTR Open Topic process operates. Join us every Thursday at 12pm ET.

October Dates Announced!

  • Sept. 30th  Intro to AFVentures - Rescheduled to Oct. 7th
  • Oct. 7th  Intro to AFVentures
    • Description: What is AFVentures? What is an Open Topic? How can the SBIR/STTR program be leveraged to help identify technology solutions for warfighter needs? This webinar will introduce AFVentures, the “Front Door” to the Department of the Air Force, and how you can participate in the ecosystem of emerging technologies and venture capital.
  • Oct. 14th  Intro to SpaceWERX
    • Description: Learn how SpaceWERX blends the best of commercial innovation with the needs of the men and women of the U.S. Space Force who depend on space technology to do their jobs.
  • Oct. 21st  Open Topic FAQs
    • Description: This week's webinar will go over the most commonly asked questions on the Open Topic. If you have questions about the open topic SBIR/STTR process, this is the session for you!
  • Oct. 28th  Success Stories: Finding Opportunities with DAF SBIR/STTR
    • Description: Hear from a small business who has been through the Open Topic SBIR process. Learn what worked for them and listen to pointers on best practices for navigating the process.
  • Click HERE for previously recorded sessions and presentation slides.
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SpaceWERX launch drives AFWERX small business focus on universities and on-orbit capability

As a part of AFWERX, SpaceWERX will play a vital role in pursuing innovative technologies for the United States Space Force. The Department’s newest innovation arm will create platforms for space operators, lab engineers, and acquisition professionals to collaborate with the brightest minds in academia and industry pursuing novel solutions. Moreover, SpaceWERX will continue to leverage proven AFWERX tools such as the SBIR Open Topic, Challenge platform, STRATFI initiative, and Prime program.



AFWERX, as the innovation arm of the Department Air Force and a directorate of the Air Force Research Laboratory, transitions agile, affordable, and accelerated capabilities by teaming innovative technology developers with Airmen and Guardian talent. AFWERX has three key components: AFVentures, Spark, and Prime. AFVentures expands the defense industrial base for advanced technologies, Spark empowers Airmen and Guardian talent, and Prime drives transition to operational capability. By teaming across academia, industry, investment, interagency, and international partners, AFWERX expands technology, talent, and transition of innovative capabilities.

AFWERX Virtual Office Hours

Attend this weekly webinar hosted every Monday at 1 p.m. EDT to learn about AFWERX, hear how to get involved, and ask questions directly to the AFWERX team.

AFVentures Open Topic Webinar Series

Attend this weekly webinar hosted every Thursday at 12 p.m. ET to learn about the AFVentures Open Topic.

Go To AFWERX webpage for more information
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