Technology advances affecting our national security continue to emerge from our university system and R&D communities. The Air Force's competitive advantage will be our collective ability to quickly identify, validate, and integrate those technologies.
First debuted in July 2019, the Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program ‘Open Topic’ aims to help small businesses commercialize emerging research in partnership with a university, non-profit entrepreneurship center, or research center. In contrast to the traditional STTR program, the Open Topic is ‘open’ to any technology, customer, or application.
By streamlining the proposal process, accelerating contract award, and providing direct access to our global network of customers and capital, our STTR Open Topic provides unrivaled opportunity for small businesses to protect their IP and establish themselves in both the commercial and federal marketplace.
Similar to SBIR, STTR is a 3-phase program:
- Phase I: Air Force customer discovery
- Phase II: Trial your Solution with the Air Force customers found in Phase I
- Phase III: Unrestricted Sole-Source Government Procurement
To be eligible, companies must:
- Register appropriately in SAM (including receiving a CAGE code) & DUNS (more info available in ‘Common Application Mistakes to Avoid’ guide below)
- Be at least 50% American-owned
- Complete at least 40% of the proposed work
- Partner with a university, research center, or non-profit development organization to perform at least 30% of the proposed work
Since the introduction of the SBIR Open Topic in late 2018 and the STTR Open Topic in mid-2019, we have received more than 2900 submissions, awarded more than 900 contracts worth a combined total of approximately $220 million.