AFVentures

AFVentures

A dual-use approach to national security solutions

AFVentures, the commercial investment arm of the Air Force, createscreate 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.


Dr. Roper showcasing small business transaction

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 or join our weekly office hours call for more.

Important Dates

*Note: The Air Force has removed itself from the 20.2 SBIR and 20.B STTR solicitations. View the Air Force SBIR/STTR website for more information.