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ATTENTION: The proposal submission deadline for the Air Force X20.C STTR Commercial Solutions Opening Topic AF20C-TCSO1, “Phase I Open Call For Innovative Defense-Related Dual-Purpose Technologies/Solutions”, is hereby extended to Noon Eastern Time on 5 November 2020.  This extension is intended to accommodate the changes to the topic’s period of performance and maximum award value from six months and $150,000 to three months and $50,000.  Offerors having previously certified and completed submission of proposals may access and make changes prior to the submission deadline.  However, please remember to recertify before making final submission.  For business-related questions, contact Kris Croake, AF SBIR/STTR Contracting Officer,  For questions of a technical nature, contact  System-related issues should be resolved with the DoD SBIR/STTR Help Desk at or (703) 214-1333.

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Venture Capital Fund of the Air Force

The Small Business Innovation Research program was established by Congress in the 1980’s with the goal of identifying small businesses that could provide a solution to the warfighter in a faster, more efficient manner than was presently available. Fast forward almost 50 years, and the program is reducing barriers and accelerating processes, seeding the future of the U.S. Air Force through innovation and forward-thinking technology. Learn more about the program here.

How to Apply for an Open Solicitation

Small businesses or startups can respond to Air Force Broad Agency Announcements, three times a year. These topics address a critical need identified by the warfighter. Small business proposals are reviewed and awarded SBIR/STTR contracts based on their likelihood to fulfill the identified need. Learn more about how to apply to an open solicitation here.

Changing the Way We Do Business

With the initiation of open innovation topics, through work with AFWERX, Air Force SBIR contracts are being issued with unprecedented expediency. Small businesses that have been awarded a Phase I open innovation topic contract are being invited to present their solutions for a Phase II contract at Air Force Pitch Day events, where contracts are awarded on the spot. Learn more about the process here.