The Air Force SBIR/STTR Commercialization
Readiness Program (CRP) provides a strategically driven process that
directly links Air Force centers to Air Force Research Laboratory
(AFRL) Technical Points-of-Contact (TPOCs) to identify and evaluate Air Force
needs and innovative solutions.
Since its inception in 2006, the program has
been improving technology transition outcomes.The
primary objective of the CRP is to accelerate the transition of
SBIR/STTR-developed technologies into real-world military and commercial
applications. To achieve the program's goals, the CRP team is involved
throughout the process, from topic generation to technology transition. The
continued success of the program can be attributed to its ability to align and
connect all transition stakeholders and to leverage the Phase III funds required
to mature SBIR/STTR projects.
There are three elements that must be present
in order to initiate the transition process and conduct business with the
Major Defense Contractors
Air Force Customers
In order to establish better communication and
identify needs with Air Force customers, TAs are on location at various Air
Force bases supporting Air Force partners, including PEOs, program offices,
AFRL and others. The TAs work closely with these organizations to help implement
the entire SBIR and STTR process, from topic generation to facilitating the
transition of resulting technologies. This close working environment allows the
TA to have a better understanding of the customer and their needs. The TAs work
as a team to increase the efficacy of the SBIR and STTR programs by
aligning topics with stakeholder needs and promoting major defense contractors'
SBIR and STTR transition activities.
The TAs are linked to the following Air Force
centers or programs:
How do We Identify and Verify Customer, Need and Technology?
The TAs identify and verify customers, needs
and technologies using several methods:
Supporting Technology Interchange Meetings
Transitioning Phase II Portfolio
Facilitating Topic Alignment with PEOs
How do We Develop/Implement Accelerated Maturation Strategies?
For those projects where major contractors/suppliers and/or government partners have expressed interest in engaging with the Air Force in the development of a SBIR/STTR technology transition plan (STTP), the assigned TA notifies the topic team, the Air Force Commercialization Readiness Program Manager and the Air Force SBIR/STTR Program Director.
The STTP is a planning document
developed to identify critical stakeholders, roles and responsibilities of the
stakeholders, and technology readiness levels, as well as any assistance
required by the small business in order to support transition. This document
assists and guides small businesses to posture themselves towards a Phase III
For general questions, please contact the CRP Program Manager or a CRP Technology Analyst. See the Air Force SBIR/STTR Contacts page.