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16.1-16.A Topics officially in ‘OPEN’ status now!

From January 11, 2016 through February 17, 2016 proposals must be submitted to the website https://sbir.defensebusiness.org – for any questions on topic or proposal submission during the formal solicitation period please direct them to https://sbir.defensebusiness.org/sitis - Note: the solicitation Closes on February 17, 6:00am EST. Additionally please adhere to all new program rules as described below- read the instructions carefully.

NEW PROGRAM RULES FOR PROPOSAL SUBMISSION:

Please note that language has been added to the AF specific SBIR and STTR instructions (attached, see paragraphs below) that states proposals that do not include both the signed certification training form and the NDA form will be considered incomplete and removed from consideration. It is your responsibility for determining that all required documents have been submitted. Incomplete proposals cannot be evaluated. Program Rules Click here to download new Program Rules

New DoD Submission Website

Please note that language has been added to the AF specific SBIR and STTR instructions (attached, see paragraphs below) that states proposals that do not include both the signed certification training form and the NDA form will be considered incomplete and removed from consideration. It is your responsibility for determining that all required documents have been submitted. Incomplete proposals cannot be evaluated. DoD submission websiteClick here to download new Program Rules

Upcoming Outreach Events and Social Media

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

A virtual traffic jam caused by a particularly nasty computer worm - dubbed Code Red - shut down over 359,000 computers in less than 14 hours and threatened our nation's capital in the summer of 2001.

Standing between Code Red and the White House's web servers was CyberWolf, an enterprise-wide software program developed by a small, woman-owned business in Falls Church, Virginia. CyberWolf detected the early traces of Code Red, allowing it to block the rapidly replicating worm and prevent it from reaching the White House and other critical U.S. government servers.

CyberWolf was created with funding from an Air Force SBIR contract won in 2000 by Juanita Koilpillai, computer software engineer and founder of the company, Mountain Wave. Koilpillai, originally from India, started Mountain Wave in the basement of her home. Within two years, she had developed CyberWolf to the point where her company was acquired by internet security giant, Symantec.

Koilpillai credits the Air Force SBIR/STTR Program for much of her success, saying "Without the Air Force SBIR, there's no way I as a woman and a person of color would have been taken seriously, and had a chance to develop what I wanted to develop."

The CyberWolf success story is an example of the impact of the U.S. Air Force Small Business Innovation Research / Small Business Technology Transfer Program, which funds R&D by small businesses / cooperative R&D projects with small businesses and non-profit U.S. research institutions. The Air Force SBIR/STTR program focuses on projects and services with the potential to develop into a product for military or commercial sectors.

From 2000-2013, the Air Force invested nearly $4 billion in these R&D projects. Juanita Koilpillai received funding during this period to develop her cybersecurity product. This is the story of Juanita Koipillai, Mountain Wave, and CyberWolf.

See more videos at the Air Force SBIR/STTR YouTube Channel.

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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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