A Guide to AFWERX for Industry

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AFWERX serves as an entry point for industry to do business with the Air Force. We support the mission of making the Air Force more innovative by uncovering ideas and opportunities to improve the service, connecting ideas with legitimate solutions, and transitioning tools to the warfighter.

Because AFWERX is fueled by people with a diverse set of skills, passions and roles in the Air Force, the list of initiatives and resources we have access to is always growing. The following outline of resources for Industry is not all-inclusive, but it is a starting point for understanding the AFWERX ecosystem and how to approach doing business with the Air Force.

We’re ultimately a network of people who want to help create a better Air Force for all Airmen and part of that requires us to partner with innovative minds from industry.

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Business Opportunities


Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)

The SBIR program enables small businesses to explore their technological potential and provides the incentive to profit from its commercialization by partnering with Air Force units for customer discovery purposes.

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Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR)

The SBIR program’s counterpart, Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR), is an opportunity for university teams (undergraduate, graduate, doctorate, post-doctorate, faculty/staff) that have formed companies and partnered with a university or non-profit entrepreneurial development organizations to do business with the Air Force.

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AFWERX Challenges

AFWERX Challenge is the combination of the defense, academic, startup, private sector and small business worlds to collaborate through challenges and live events.

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Agility Prime

The Agility Prime effort is a non-traditional program seeking to operationalize commercial electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) and other transformative vertical flight vehicles (i.e., “flying cars”) for government missions in a way that accelerates the emerging commercial market.

Review the documents below to learn how to get involved.

  • Request for Information
  • Air Race to Certification Area of Interest (AOI)
  • Air Race Data
  • Innovative Capabilities Opening (ICO)
  • Find an Air Force Customer


    Spark

    Spark is a decentralized network of Air Force bases around the world to execute locally generated ideas and projects.

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    Spark Collider

    Spark Colliders serve as an opportunity for Airmen to connect with Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) companies and learn about additional resources available to them to make their ideas a reality.

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    Events


    Innovation Hubs

    AFWERX has three hubs located in Las Vegas, NV, Austin, TX, and Washington, D.C., that each play a different role in the ecosystem.

    AFWERX Fusion

    AFWERX Fusion is a two-day showcase hosted by AFWERX to bring together military with industry, academia, and investors to collaborate and solve some of the service’s most pressing issues.

    Spark Collider

    Spark Colliders serve as an opportunity for Airmen to connect with Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) companies and learn about additional resources available to them to make their ideas a reality.

    Learn more.

    Get Involved


    Below are some actions you can take today to help us build a smarter, faster Air Force.

    Check out our additional guides to the AFWERX ecosystem for Airmen and academia.