Special SBIR Topics

About SBIR

The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program is a highly competitive program that encourages domestic small businesses to engage in Federal Research/Research and Development (R/R&D) that has the potential for commercialization. Through a competitive awards-based program, SBIR enables small businesses to explore their technological potential and provides the incentive to profit from its commercialization. By including qualified small businesses in the nation’s R&D arena, high-tech innovation is stimulated and the United States gains entrepreneurial spirit as it meets its specific research and development needs.

The special US Air Force SBIR topics (AF183-001->008), developed in partnership with AFRL, MD5, and AFWERX, are experiments to increase the efficiency, effectiveness, and transition rate of the SBIR program.

For the ‘Open’ Topic, led by AFWERX, companies with existing commercial products or services that may also be useful to the Air Force are invited to apply.  Several barriers to working with the Air Force have been removed or mitigated for this program, to include a shorter application process, an accelerated contract award, and a shorter period of performance. Read this one-pager to learn how your company can use the SBIR program.

SBIR AF182 Special Topic Q&A session

SBIR AF183 Special Topic Q&A session

For more information, please read the official solicitation as well as review this example Application Pitch Deck. Have questions about ownership stakes and VC involvement, then read more here. (Summary: You can and are encouraged to apply if you have received Venture Capital).

Contact the AFWERX SBIR Team