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Outreach Events

Through the remainder of 2015 we will continue to reach into the small business community across the country. We will engage in under-served states and with disadvantaged businesses/individuals. We plan to participate in several online webinars with other DoD components. Our schedule is subject to change, so please contact us or check-out the News & Events page for current information.

SBIR Road Tour Pacific Northwest - Each tour stop provides an in-depth understanding of agency technology needs and funding priorities. There will also be opportunities to meet one-on-one with agency representatives. Click on the Road Tour location below to register and to obtain additional details.

Bozeman, Montana – August 18
Seattle, Washington – August 19
Portland, Oregon – August 20
Boise, Idaho – August 21

Other Upcoming Events

2015 Briefing for Industry – Albuquerque, New Mexico, August 17-19
14th Biennial Hawaii SBIR Conference – Oahu, Hawaii, October 22-23
Fall National SBIR/STTR Conference – Austin, Texas, December 1-3 (Details TBD)

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.


Success – Read All About It

The principal goal of the Air Force SBIR/STTR programs is to serve the technology needs of the Air Force warfighter. These programs, together with the people who manage them, accomplish this as part of the Air Force's technology development efforts to identify and provide advanced, affordable, and integrated technologies that keep our Air Force the best in the world.

So how are we doing? Our Publications library is loaded with stories and news releases that illustrate how partnerships between the Air Force and small businesses have delivered success again and again. Visit the library frequently as we continue to add new stories weekly.

Technology Spotlight

Right now Air Force missions are taking place around the globe. In some cases, the use of high-performance munitions is mission critical.

To help achieve mission success, the Air Force Small Business Innovation Research / Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) program office recently awarded nearly $400,000 of additional SBIR funding to L-3 Mustang Technology to equip the warfighter with an affordable, high-performance millimeter wave (MMW) seeker technology. “MMW seekers are active radar seekers with the capability to both transmit and receive information,” said Thomas Lewis, an Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) researcher involved in the project. “Because they provide their own illumination, they can be used day or night. Additionally, because of the wavelength they use, they allow us to see through both clouds and rain.”

L-3 Mustang Technology, a small business located in Plano, Texas, will integrate an automatic target acquisition and tracking algorithm, intelligent target clustering and the capability to support a deployment demonstration. The additional funding will help ensure this Phase II project graduates to a Phase III program and successfully transitions the technology into military or private sectors.  

Left: An L-3 Mustang engineer loads the MMW Smart Seeker into an antenna chamber fixture for radar system testing. Right: The MMW Smart Seeker. (Courtesy photos)



“Developing a common architecture that enables modular subsystems to achieve flexible weapons capability, while allowing us to refresh the technologies at the pace of better, more affordable and sustainable technologies as they are discovered and developed, is at the core of our mission,” said David Hayden, an AFRL researcher working on the project.

“One of the requirements we sought to meet was that the seeker possessed the ability to acquire targets and begin tracking them without human intervention,” he said. “Intelligent target clustering is a capability that would give the seeker a more robust target tracking capability and reject any false alarms.”

Read more about this and other innovative small businesses in the Media Center section of our Publications library.

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, www.sbirsttrmall.com, is no longer valid.

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