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Small businesses and research institutions “TeamUp” with AFWERX for flying car funding

By David Schwartz
Published: July 7th, 2020

AFWERX, the U.S. Air Force program designed to connect USAF innovations with university and industry partners, is hosting its first virtual TeamUp event with the Air Force Research Laboratory next week, from July 15-16.

This event gives innovative small businesses the chance to collaborate with leading research institutions and universities to compete for the next round of the Air Force Small Business Technology Transfer Open Topic funding. A particular focus of the event will be advanced air agility – essentially flying car technology — with an estimated $10 million of contracts to be awarded within 90 days. The Air Force is looking for companies to explore potential commercial products for medical evacuation, firefighting, disaster response, search and rescue, and humanitarian relief operations. The program includes a virtual trade show incorporating “virtual booths.”

“AFWERX is connecting the best Airmen concepts with the full scope of technologies that America and its partners have to offer so we can accelerate fielding of the world’s most advanced commercial and military capabilities,” said Col. Nathan Diller, AFWERX director. “TeamUp events like this one will provide opportunities for multiple stakeholders to come together and compete with speed. Just like AFWERX and AFRL are teaming up to bring cutting edge commercial technology together with world-class research, we are encouraging entrepreneurs and researchers from around the country to TeamUp in a way that strengthens our national security and prosperity.”

Under STTR funding rules, small businesses that receive grants must formally sub-contract at least 30% of the contract amount to a non-profit research institution.

“The STTR Open Topic is yet another way the Air Force is determined to be the preferred partner for small business, providing non-dilutive seed funding to them and their research partners, including universities and nonprofit institutions,” said Maj. Jared Evans, AFWERX STTR Open Topic program manager and technology transfer lead at the Air Force Office of Scientific Research. “The STTR program is a critical part of our broader investment in our small business and research communities.”

Source: U.S. Air Force

Posted under: University-Industry Engagement Week

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