The inaugural leg of the 2015 SBIR Road Tour through Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia and South Carolina was a great success for the Air Force as well as the SBA, other SBIR agencies and hundreds of small businesses, entrepreneurs and researchers who participated. The tour kicked off with a ribbon cutting by SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet and wound its way through several southern states delivering program information, assistance and face-to-face networking opportunities. The SBIR Road Tour continues through the spring and summer making stops in a total of 20 under-served states as identified by the SBA.
April 27 – May 1
Long Beach, MS
Oklahoma City, OK
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. Additional tours are planned throughout the year to include stops in Mississippi, Kansas, North Dakota, West Virginia, Washington, Nebraska and many other states. Continue to visit this website 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.
(Left) SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet launches the inaugural SBIR/STTR Road Tour during a ribbon cutting ceremony in Louisville as Dr. Mahendre Jain, Executive Director of the Kentucky Science & Engineering Foundation and John Williams, SBA Director of Innovation and Technology look on. (Right) Federal SBIR/STTR program representatives gather for a photo op at Vanderbilt University in Nashville. (Courtesy photos)
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.
Remotely piloted aircraft have been under development since the 1950s. Today, they are increasingly used by both military and commercial customers and provide a promising new chapter in the history of aviation. As the technology’s potential grows, so does the need for innovative solutions that provide enhanced situational awareness for the aircraft operator and improved safety while operating during military operations.
The Department of Defense is developing an airborne sense-and-avoid (SAA) capability to improve the agility of remotely piloted aircraft and allow them to make autonomous collision avoidance maneuvers. These aircraft support the Air Force’s global mission. Work in this technology area assists the Federal Aviation Administration in verifying and validating minimum operation standards for air traffic control of these systems so that they can be safely integrated into the National Airspace System.
A Defense Research Associates employee analyzes airborne sense-and-avoid capabilities to improve the agility of remotely piloted aircraft. (Courtesy photo)
The Air Force Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) program office is providing nearly $1.5 million to develop and mature technologies that support the SAA program, focusing on electro-optical sensors for detecting and tracking potential obstacles. Research conducted by Defense Research Associates, Inc., a veteran-owned small business located in Beavercreek, Ohio, is expected to uncover other technologies that will improve SAA systems and prepare them for transition to engineering and manufacturing development and initial low-rate production.
In addition to the SBIR funding, this program leverages more than $2 million in additional funding from the Airborne Sense and Avoid program, managed by the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. These funds will help ensure the Phase II effort graduates into a Phase III program that successfully transitions its technologies into military or private sectors.
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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The Air Force SBIR/STTR program office is dedicated to meeting the goals of the program:
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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