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 CRP:
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 Technology Transition Strategies?
For those projects where major contractors/suppliers and/or government customers have interest in engaging with the Air Force in developing SBIR/STTR technology transition plans (STTPs), the assigned portfolio manager leads stakeholders through the required technology development and transition planning activities while coordinating the opportunity with the Air Force Commercialization Readiness Program Manager for review and approval.
The STTP is a plan 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 award.