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DoD SBIR Solicitation 15.3 Now Open

15 U.S.C. §638 (cc), as amended by NDAA FY2012, Sec. 5106, allows the Department of Defense to make an award to a small business concern (SBC) under Phase II of the SBIR program with respect to a project, without regard to whether the SBC was provided an award under Phase I of an SBIR program.

The Air Force is conducting a "Direct to Phase II" pilot implementation of this authority for this (SBIR 15.3) solicitation only and does not guarantee the pilot will be offered in future solicitations. Each eligible topic requires documentation to determine that Phase I feasibility has been met and the technical requirements for a Direct to Phase II proposal.

Specific details on these Air Force topics can be viewed by downloading the following files: AF153-001, AF153-002, AF153-003-004.

The Air Force SBIR program is a mission-oriented program that integrates the needs and requirements of the Air Force through R&D topics that have military and/or commercial potential. All Phase II proposals must be prepared and submitted through the Department of Defense (DoD) SBIR/STTR electronic submission site:

New DoD Submission Website

If you haven’t already familiarized yourself with the new DoD submission website, we suggest you do so soon. The SBIR 16.1 and STTR 16.A topic pre-release period is just over two months away. If you had an account under the old system it should have been migrated. However, firms new to the SBIR/STTR program will need to create an account. The new site also provides resources such as training videos and FAQs you may find useful.

Upcoming Outreach Events and Social Media

Aero Enterprise Dialogue With Industry - Dayton, Ohio, 19-22 October
14th Biennial Hawaii SBIR Conference – Oahu, Hawaii, 22-23 October
Fall National SBIR/STTR Conference – Austin, Texas, 1-3 December

As 2015 comes to a close our onsite presence will slow down. In 2016, we expect to be on the road again at various events and we will join our fellow agencies on the 2016 SBIR Road Tours. In the meantime we are always available to provide current news, guidance and resources via this website and social media. If you haven’t already done so, be sure to connect with us on Twitter @AF_SBIR_STTR.

Commercialization Readiness Program (CRP)

Whether you are a SBIR/STTR veteran or have just received your first Phase I contract, you should already be focused on achieving technology transition and commercial success.

The primary objective of the Commercialization Readiness Program (CRP) is to accelerate the transition of SBIR/STTR-developed technologies into real-world military and commercial applications. To achieve these goals the CRP team gets involved early and stays engaged throughout the process. The continued success of the program can be attributed to its ability to align and connect all transition stakeholders and to leverage the Phase III funds required to mature SBIR/STTR projects.

For additional resources and to learn more about the program visit the CRP webpage.

Technology Spotlight

Ground surveillance is a critical element in fighting the war on terrorism and ground forces need live feed of data to observe enemy operations as they unfold. However, data communication bandwidths cannot always send this immense volume of data to ground-based troops fast enough to allow them to act on it. Wide-area, persistent electro-optical (EO)/infrared (IR) is a new technology which provides unprecedented ground data to support the warfighter.

Improved technology is needed that exploits immense volumes of data in innovative ways to provide real-time, actionable information to the warfighter. One potential solution is the accurate geo-registration of wide-area motion imagery (WAMI). Geo-registration is the process of adjusting one image, known as the “target” component, to the geographic location of a “good” image, known as the “reference” component.

Toyon Research Corp. developed two distinct technologies that significantly improve geo-registration. The company’s WAMI geo-registration software is not only capable of sensor auto-calibration, but also of high-resolution 3D reconstruction using passive 2D motion imagery (Fig. 1). Toyon also developed a solution to create a sparse 3D model of an area in-flight via real-time onboard processing. The 3D models are used to significantly reduce jitter between consecutive geo-registered images. These advanced algorithms enable accurate image-based targeting, multi-source fusion, and geo-registration of intelligence information extracted from wide area imagery.

Figure1: Automated 3D scene reconstruction from passive 2D images (top) enables accurate and robust 3D geo-registration of the 2D imagery and derived 3D products (bottom).

Toyon's success on this Air Force SBIR effort and the significant improvements in geo-registration of WAMI imagery resulted in a partnership with Northrop Grumman on the Maintain Accurate Geo-registration via Image-nav Compensation (MAGIC) program. This technology could also have direct applications in deployed and current wide-area persistent surveillance EO/IR sensor systems in development, such as Gorgon Stare, and in targeting systems such as the LITENING Pod.

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.

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