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Technology Spotlight

Early View of Air Force 2016 Topics Now Available

Small businesses can now view an advance copy of the Air Force’s draft SBIR 2016.1 and STTR 2016.A solicitation topics on our Topic Pre-Release page. This is an excellent opportunity for potential proposers to review and discuss the technical aspects of these tentative topics with the Air Force technical point-of-contact (TPOC). The official DoD pre-release period for the final list of each solicitation’s topics starts December 11. Remember, no discussions may be held with the TPOC once these solicitations open on January 11.

New DoD Submission Website

If you haven’t already familiarized yourself with the new DoD submission website, we suggest you do so soon. The DoD SBIR 16.1 and STTR 16.A topic pre-release period begins December 11th. 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

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

Airmen conducting surveillance of adversarial activities in today's war on terror require more than just voice communication. Images, video and other data elements are critical if the warfighter is to accomplish their mission. Modern communications systems use complex modulation schemes so power amplifiers made for these modulations must be highly linear in order to minimize distortion that degrades adjacent channel signals and signal transmission quality.

To achieve the required level of linearity, it is common practice to operate power amplifiers at a reduced power level, or what is known as “high output power backoff.” However, there are consequences to this approach such as low efficiency, unnecessary heat generation and higher costs. At millimeter-wave or extremely high frequencies (EHF), these factors can make a communication system impractical to implement, particularly for applications that are sensitive to power consumption, such as satellite communications and avionic/mobile communication platforms.

To support this critical mission, Linearizer Technology Inc., a New Jersey based small business, proposed a solution and received a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) award. Working with the Air Force the company developed and demonstrated a compact EHF linear, high-power transmitter with reduced size, weight, power as well as cost compared with other current technology.

The company fabricated and tested a prototype linearizer microwave power module-transmitter that delivered a linear power output greater than 50 watts, with an overall efficiency greater than 20 percent. The resultant linearity of this transmitter improves upon current satellite communication specifications and provides an efficiency increase that is two to three times greater than present millimeter-wave power amplifiers. This technology has value for both space-borne and ground-based systems. Portable, mobile and airborne communications systems will be prime candidates for integration of this technology.

“The integration with a linearized block up-converter resulted in the demonstration of a fully functional, low SWAP, efficient millimeter-wave MPM communications transmitter,” said Rick Worley, Air Force program manager for the SBIR effort. “These types of communication transmitters are urgently needed to address the ever-increasing demand for high data-rate transmission.”

Military satellite communication systems require highly efficient linear transmitters to minimize distortion and improve signal quality. (Courtesy photo)

“We are very excited by the business that the technology developed as part of the Air Force SBIR program is bringing to our company”, said Dr. Allen Katz, LTI president. “The linear EHF microwave power module developed, as part of this project represents a major advance in millimeter wave power amplifier technology.”

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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