Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)

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Now’s the time to do business with the Air Force


Through a competitive awards-based program, the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program enables small businesses to explore their technological potential and provides the incentive to profit from its commercialization.

AFWERX, in partnership with Air Force Research Lab (AFRL), and the National Security Innovation Network (NSIN), developed the SBIR Open Topics to increase the efficiency, effectiveness, and transition rate of the SBIR program.

With the initiation of open innovation topics, through work with AFWERX, Air Force SBIR contracts are being issued with unprecedented expediency. Since the introduction of the Open Topic in late 2018 through August 2019, we have received more than 2900 submissions, awarded more than 900 contracts worth a combined total of approximately $220 million.

Apply to SBIR AF X20.R


The application period for the upcoming SBIR Direct to Phase II Open Topic with a COVID-19 Interest Area is open from March 30 to April 30 at 12 p.m. EST, 2020. Visit the beta.SAM solicitation for application resources and apply on the DSIP portal.

If your solution addresses one of the SBIR COVID-19 Interest Areas, please send an email to COVID@afwerx.af.mil with the subject line “SBIR 20.R - [Firm Name]” with a brief description of your proposed solution.

Innovation Stories

Working with the DoD made easy: SBIR Open Topics

There’s probably a reason most startups haven’t heard of or considered the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program as the go-to source for funding. “Open Topics,” on the other hand, have completely transformed the way the DoD does business.

Rapid acquisition leads to rapid success for Air Force small business partner

Rapid success in contracting has earned Air Force representatives an invite to the opening of the Nasdaq Stock Market July 3 in New York City.

Pro Bowl awards 190 SBIR contracts in 10 days

a group of 20 hand-picked contracting officers issued 190 Small Business Innovation Research contracts worth a combined total of approximately $73 million in a little over one week during an event called Pro Bowl at AFWERX Austin

USAF pays first startup using GPC

The Air Force facilitated it’s first transfer of funds to a startup company with a government purchase card following the issue of a $59,994 Small Business Innovation Research contract on Feb. 2, 2019.

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Ask Me Anything Webinars

AFWERX will host an AMA webinar on Friday April 10, 17, and 25 at 2:00 PM EDT. Register for the April 10 webinar here.

If you have any questions, reach out to the Air Force SBIR/STTR office at afsbirsttr-info@us.af.mil.

Important Dates

  • March
    30

    SBIR X20.R Applications Open

    Submit Proposal Online
  • April
    30

    SBIR X20.R Applications Close

    The application period closes at 12 p.m. EST
  • May
    6

    SBIR 20.2 Topic Pre-Release

    Use this time to ask questions of the topic sponsor
  • June
    3

    SBIR 20.2 Applications Open

    Submit Proposal Online
  • July
    2

    SBIR 20.2 Applications Close

    Award Announcement approximately 30-45 days after close
  • Aug
    25

    SBIR 20.3 Topic Pre-Release

    Use this time to ask questions of the topic sponsor
  • Sept
    23

    SBIR 20.3 Applications Open

    Submit Proposal Online
  • Oct
    22

    SBIR 20.3 Applications Close

    Award Announcement approximately 30-45 days after close