Program Office

Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL/SB)
1864 4th Street
Bldg 15 Rm 225
Wright-Patterson AFB, OH
Toll Free: 1-800-222-0336
Fax: (937) 255-2219


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2014 The Year in Review

The year 2014 marked some tremendous growth and accomplishments for the Air Force Small Business Innovation Research / Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) program. Our challenges, achievements and vision are detailed in a new publication, “Connecting – 2014 Annual Report”. You can download a copy of the report from the SBIR/STTR Outreach section of our Publications library. While you are there be sure to get a copy of our new Success Story publication, “Achievements”, which highlights small business success stories from 2014.

New Program Primer Now Available

Whatever role you play as an SBIR/STTR program stakeholder, this short, but detailed course will deliver the knowledge, tools and resources you need to advance technology innovation for the warfighter and the nation. The Air Force SBIR/STTR Program Basics can be viewed or downloaded from the SBIR/STTR Outreach section of our Publications library.

SBIR Road Tour

The Road Tour crew is currently taking a break, but will be back on the road in July. Be sure to check our News & Events page for updates. The SBIR Road Tour is a national outreach effort. Federal and state program managers representing over $2.5 billion in funding have been invited to participate in this series of cross-country events. Tours are planned throughout the year to include stops in West Virginia, Washington, Nebraska, Iowa, Idaho and other states. Visit this site often for up to date details on our participation. Information on registration, venues and agendas will be posted on the SBIR Road Tour website (above) as they become available.

Other Outreach Events

In 2015 we will continue our outreach to small businesses, entrepreneurs and other stakeholders across the country, including the National SBIR/STTR Conference. We also will continue to engage in under-served states and with disadvantaged businesses/individuals. We also plan to participate in several online webinars with other DoD components. Our schedule is subject to change, so please contact us for current information.

Tech Success

Special operations forces (SOF) operating in war-zone environments are not simply handed the keys to the city by their adversaries. In fact, they typically encounter a variety of obstacles designed to keep them out. As a result, SOF personnel requested a compact, lightweight, hand-held tool that would allow them to cut through locks, bars and other barriers.

To meet this need, the Air Force Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) program office is partnering with Energetic Materials & Products, Inc. (EMPI), located in Round Rock, Texas. EMPI previously demonstrated success under SBIR Phase I and Phase II efforts which led to Phase III funding to ensure manufacturability and quality control of a small, hand-held thermal erosive cutting (TEC) torch.

According to Dr. Stephanie Johnson, an AFRL researcher involved in the project, the technology has attracted interest from a diverse set of users for several applications. “EMPI worked closely with SOF personnel to address their requirements for a thermal breaching device that produces very high temperatures to melt or burn barriers and obstacles, such as locks, bars or other similar barriers, in order to gain entry to secured areas,” Johnson said. “To address these requirements, EMPI developed a compact, hand-held torch, which has displayed superiority over conventional thermal breaching tools in demonstrations by the user community.”

To date, a limited-rate production facility has been producing 20 units per day. With the additional SBIR funding, EMPI is expected to establish manufacturing processes and procedures that will yield around 1,000 units a day.

Read more about this game-changing technology as well as other Air Force SBIR/STTR innovations in the Media Center section of our Publications library.


The Tec Torch cartridge and handle (above) weighs less than a pound and can cut through 5/8 inch window bars in 1.5 seconds. (Courtesy photo)

Solicitation status

See our Solicitation Schedule for information on Air Force solicitations. Also see the DoD Solicitations for instructions and additional guidance on topic selections for all of the military services.

 If you are new to the Air Force SBIR/STTR program be sure to review the guidelines and other valuable information on our Phase I Awardee Training page in the Small Business section. We appreciate your feedback on this training:  If you have any comments or need further assistance, please send us an e-mail.

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Using this site

The Air Force SBIR/STTR program office is dedicated to meeting the goals of the program:

  • Stimulate technological innovation
  • Use small businesses to meet federal R/R&D needs
  • Foster and encourage participation by socially and economically disadvantaged small businesses in technological innovation
  • Increase private sector commercialization of innovations derived from federal R/R&D

Our website is tailored to meet the needs of all users, whether you are from government, small business, prime contractors or academia. By selecting your area of business or interest on the left side of the page, you will find the information you need to understand and succeed with the Air Force SBIR/STTR programs.

All users have access to various search capabilities, from topics to awards, by using the "Topics/Award Data" tool on the right and the Advanced Technology Search tool, which provides even greater search capabilities.

Additional information, such as points of contact and publications, can be accessed via the links at the top of the page.

Be sure to update any of your bookmarks or shortcuts to our website. The old link,, is no longer valid.

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Topic/Award Data


Please select the area you work within in relation to the SBIR & STTR programs from the menu on the left.