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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See the value of SBIR/STTR in a variety of formats

For the latest program news, or to see how we’re making news, visit our Twitter page or Facebook page. Watch videos on the program, its successes, events and topics at our YouTube page. Find the latest Success Stories, media releases and reports on the Publications page of our website.

Tap Into Valuable Air Force Business Opportunities Through SBIR/STTR

Air Force SBIR/STTR Program Manager David Shahady explains how and why the Air Force partners with small businesses to drive innovation. See why the SBIR/STTR program is a realistic and high-potential opportunity, even for companies that have never done work for the DoD.

NEW: Phase III Desk Reference now available

Phase III is a powerful tool, giving small businesses a boost in the race toward commercialization and sustained sales while helping acquisition professionals use SBIR/STTR technology to address everything from minor field issues to major program needs. This new guide makes it easier to navigate the Phase III process, which is highly attractive because the awards do NOT require competition. To download a copy of the new Phase III Desk Reference, Click here.

Proposals Now Being Accepted for New Air Force SBIR Topics

The Department of Defense has opened its solicitation for SBIR 16.2, which includes Air Force topics.

Important reminders – Beginning with 2016 solicitations, new requirements were implemented for small businesses. Be sure to read the instructions carefully. Also, as the solicitation is now open, companies are no longer permitted to ask questions and discuss topics directly with Air Force officials. All questions must be submitted through SITIS, the SBIR/STTR Interactive Topic Information System, which is open for questions through June 8.

Upcoming Events:

  • May 31
Program Manager Earns National Recognition

The Small Business Technology Council recently named Abraham Atachbarian as a winner of its 2016 Champion of Small Business Technology Commercialization Award.

Atachbarian, an Air Force SBIR program manager for the 412th Test Wing at Edwards Air Force Base in California, was nominated by a Florida-based company. Company officials praised his guidance and support, which helped expand the market for its thermal control and energy technology to include other Department of Defense customers as well as commercial customers. The council asked SBIR companies around the country to nominate program managers, program executive officers and other government personnel who went above and beyond their responsibilities to assist businesses in securing commercialization and follow-on funding for their technology. Atachbarian is being presented with the award in June at the Senate Small Business Committee Hearing Room in Washington, D.C.
  • June 27 through July 1 - U.S. Small Business Administration’s SBIR Road Tour through Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas and Oklahoma -
  • July 19 - U.S. Small Business Administration’s SBIR Road Tour in Morgantown, West Virginia
  • July 19 through July 21 – The Wright Dialogue with Industry in Dayton, Ohio –
  • August 15 through August 19 - U.S. Small Business Administration’s SBIR Road Tour through North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Missouri and Indiana

New Program Rules for Proposal Submission

Please note that language has been added to the AF specific SBIR and STTR instructions that states proposals that do not include both the signed certification training form and the NDA form will be considered incomplete and removed from consideration. It is your responsibility for determining that all required documents have been submitted. Incomplete proposals cannot be evaluated. Program Rules Click here to download new Program Rules

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 tailord 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.