Military training has long been an expensive, but necessary endeavor. Flight training alone cost billions of dollars per year. Reducing expenses and creating training programs that are more cost-effective and efficient present challenges for the Air Force. However, according to Dr. Winston Bennett, a scientist who researches training technology for the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), his organization has found a key source of funding to address challenges and shortfalls related to training.
Using SBIR/STTR “The Small Business Innovation Research [SBIR] and Small Business Technology Transfer [STTR] programs are a very strategic part of our portfolio and research investment,” Bennett said. The 711th Human Performance Wing conducts unique training and readiness research for the Air Force. It combines modelling and simulation, gaming, performance assessment and learning theories to support Air Force readiness needs and to provide the Air Force with better, more realistic and credible training capabilities.
During one such SBIR investment, AFRL and a small business partner responded to a request from the F-22 program office for a flight trainer for use in the field. The collaborators developed a deployable, game-based trainer prototype, which led to a follow-on $3 million Phase III, Rapid Innovation Fund award for further development of the technology. Read more about this effort on our News & Events page.
Air Force warfighters undergo training at Vandenburg Air Force Base in California. (Courtesy photo)
Our expanding outreach activities to under-served states and disadvantaged businesses/individuals will be taking us to various states and small business events. 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.
Information on our upcoming outreach activities will be posted here soon.
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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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.
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