Special SBIR Topics


Target Audience

  • Small Businesses

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The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program is a highly competitive program that encourages domestic small businesses to engage in Federal Research/Research and Development (R/R&D) that has the potential for commercialization. Through a competitive awards-based program, SBIR enables small businesses to explore their technological potential and provides the incentive to profit from its commercialization. By including qualified small businesses in the nation’s R&D arena, high-tech innovation is stimulated and the United States gains entrepreneurial spirit as it meets its specific research and development needs.

The special US Air Force SBIR topics (AF19.1-001->008), developed in partnership with AFRL, MD5, and AFWERX, are experiments to increase the efficiency, effectiveness, and transition rate of the SBIR program.

For the ‘Open’ Topic, led by AFWERX, companies with existing commercial products or services that may also be useful to the Air Force are invited to apply. Several barriers to working with the Air Force have been removed or mitigated for this program, to include a shorter application process, an accelerated contract award, and a shorter period of performance.

Chris Benson

Capability Lead, Special SBIR Topics

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  • Apr

    SBIR 2019.2 Topic Pre-Release

    Use this time to ask questions of the topic sponsor
  • May
    SBIR 2019.2 Applications Open
    Submit Proposal Online
  • Jun

    SBIR 2019.2 Applications Close

    Awarad annoucements by mid-July