Program Office

Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL/XPP)
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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 Upcoming outreach events

This month we will be conducting our first roadshow, the DoD/Air Force Rocky Mountain West SBIR/STTR Tour Series. Program manager David Sikora will visit several western U.S. cities, meeting with small business owners and community leaders to discuss funding for high-risk projects that meet Air Force needs, intellectual property rights for the small business and Air Force assistance with transitioning or commercializing SBIR- and STTR-funded technology. This inaugural roadshow will take place September 22-25, visiting locations in Bozeman, Montana, Idaho Falls and Boise, Idaho, and Salt Lake City, Utah. For more details and to register for these events click here.

Our expanding outreach activities to under-served states and disadvantaged businesses/individuals will be taking us to various states and small business events. Look for us in Tulsa, Oklahoma City, New Orleans, Kansas City, Austin and San Antonio. 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 on our planned outreach activities or to suggest an event for our consideration. You'll find more information on our News & Events page. 

Air Force, small business partnership yields blade health monitoring technology

Blade Diagnostics Corporation (BDC), of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania has developed the SmartBlend System (SBS), a cost-saving and risk-mitigating technology for scanning engine rotor blades. The SBS performs a virtual engine vibration test on integrally bladed rotors and scans the edges of the blades to measure damage. BDC has earned more than $5 million in awards to further mature the technology. Read the full story, as well as other program highlights, on our News & Events page. 


Blade Diagnostic Corporation owners Blair Echols and Jerry Griffin monitor performance of the SmartBlend integrated blade rotor and turbine rotor inspection system, which they designed and manufactured. (Courtesy photo)

 “Urban beat cop” surveillance system keeps military operators out of harm’s way

Aurora Flight Sciences Corporation in Manassas, Virginia, developed an “urban beat cop” intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance system, called Skate, with Small Business Innovation Research funding from the Air Force and Navy. The Skate system is portable, adaptable, and easily and quickly modified for more effective field use, making it an ideal technology to meet the demands of the battlefield environment. Read the full story on our News & Events page. 


Skate Small Unmanned Aircraft System (SUAS) in field testing. (Courtesy photo)

Air Force SBIR/STTR program managers win top award

Air Force Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) program managers were recently recognized at the highest Air Force levels for their team efforts. David Sikora, the Air Force SBIR/STTR program manager, and Richard Flake, the Air Force SBIR/STTR Commercial Readiness program manager, were honored for their efforts with Secretary of the Air Force's 2014 Small Business Programs Process Action Team Award. The team made significant contributions to strengthening the industrial base and meeting warfighter needs through an array of small business capabilities that bring innovation, agility and efficiency. Read the full story on our News & Events page.

New economic impact study looks at Phase II awards

    A new Air Force economic impact study is underway to determine the results of SBIR/STTR Phase II awards in terms of follow-on awards, investments and commercialization.  Since 2000, the Air Force has awarded more than $4 billion for about 4,000 Phase II awards.  Your small business may be contacted as part of this research effort. Read the full story on our News & Events page.

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.

The SBIR 15.1 and STTR 15.A solicitation topics will be pre-released by DoD on December 12.  The Air Force's topics for those solicitations may be pre-released on this site in mid-November.

The STTR 14.A solicitation is now closed. The Air Force typically notifies selectees within 90 days. For non-selected proposals the principle investigator or corporate official will be notified. 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.

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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.