AFVentures

AFVentures

A dual-use approach to national security solutions

AFVentures, the commercial investment arm of the Air Force, creates simple pathways for commercial innovators and private capital investment to help the Department of the Air Force solve problems.

Our Mission: To leverage commercial technology to deliver better capability to the warfighter, faster.

Our Vision: Develop the 21st Century Industry Base for Defense.

The flag-ship investment program at AFVentures is the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program Open Topic.

With the Open Topic, AFVentures leverages a portion of the SBIR/STTR budget to enable the Air Force to develop and adopt commercially viable innovations while providing a competitive edge to the U.S. entrepreneur and technology ecosystem.


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Dr. Jason Rathje

Capability Lead, AFVentures

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How to leverage AFVentures

AFVentures currently uses the following financial instruments to leverage commercial technology for the warfighter:

SBIR Open Topic

The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Open Topic program operates on a single solicitation that is an open call for all solutions - this allows businesses the flexibility to bring us tools and technology we didn't think to ask for.

This program is open to startups and small businesses with less than 500 employees that are majority American-owned.


STTR Open Topic

The Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Open Topic program operates on a single solicitation that is an open call for all solutions - this allows businesses the flexibility to bring us tools and technology we didn't think to ask for.

Businesses that apply to STTR must have less than 500 employees, be at least 51% U.S.-owned, complete at least 40% of the proposed work, and partner with a university, research center, or non-profit development organization to perform at least 30% of the proposed work.


Questions

Interested in learning more about AFVentures and how you can leverage our tools? Contact us at support@afwerx.af.mil.

Important Dates

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  • Dec
    8

    SBIR/STTR Open Topic 21.1 Topic Pre-Release

    View the pre-release and use this time to ask questions of the topic sponsor
  • Dec
    18

    21.1 SBIR/STTR Open Topic AMA #1

    AFVentures will host the first 21.1 SBIR/STTR AMA webinar 12:00-1:00 PM EDT December 18.
  • Jan
    8

    21.1 SBIR/STTR Open Topic AMA #2

    AFVentures will host the second 21.1 SBIR/STTR AMA webinar 12:00-1:00 PM EDT January 8.
  • Jan
    14

    21.1 Open Topic Applications Open

  • Feb
    18

    21.1 Open Topic Applications Close

    Award Announcement approximately 90 days after close

This is the general outline of our award schedule and is subject to modifications. The actual schedule for FY21 will be released shortly.