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U.S. Air Force expands its STTR program in search for new technologies

By Jesse Schwartz
Published: June 12th, 2019

The U.S. Air Force is updating its Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program to provide larger awards and support a broader range of technologies for commercialization as it seeks new technologies from university research labs.

Under the STTR program, university research teams submit a proposal detailing their technology idea. In Phase I of the program, selected teams will undergo Air Force customer discovery and technology development for a period of approximately three months. Successful teams have the opportunity to compete for Phase II awards leading to prototype development and technology validation with the Air Force.

Led by the Air Force Research Laboratory and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, the new initiative is an open call for innovations that may not be currently listed under other, more specific STTR topics but still serve the Air Force’s broad interest. These may include innovations in engineering and complex systems, information and networks, physical sciences, and chemical and biological sciences.

The effort will also increase the amount of money awarded in each phase of the STTR program from $15,000 to $25,000 in Phase I and from $100,000 to $200,000 in Phase II.

“Academia produces disruptive science and technology innovations at an increasingly rapid pace,” says Lt. Col. Randy “Laz” Gordon, STTR capability lead for AFWERX, an Air Force initiative to accelerate innovation. “We realized we have to meet them at the speed they’re going in order to harness the power of their ideas and tech for use within the Air Force.”

Source: dvids

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