Are you a small business with a groundbreaking technology that could revolutionize the way we support our warfighters? The Air Force's Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs are opening their doors once again with the AFWERX Phase I SBIR Open Topic solicitation, offering a unique chance to put your innovation into the hands of those who protect our skies. Submissions are accepted beginning February 7, 2024, and the opportunity closes March 7, 2024.

Understanding the Difference Between SBIR and STTR

Before diving into the specifics of the AFWERX Phase I opportunity, it's important to understand the key differences between the SBIR and STTR programs. Both are designed to foster innovation and bring cutting-edge technologies to fruition. However, the SBIR program is focused on independent small businesses, encouraging them to engage in federal research and development with the potential for commercialization. On the other hand, the STTR program requires the small business to formally collaborate with a research institution, leveraging their combined knowledge and resources to drive innovation. This distinction is crucial as it shapes the proposal process and the potential collaboration strategies for your project.

What is the AFWERX Phase I Open Topic?

The Open Topic solicitation serves as your entry point into a world of possibility with the Department of the Air Force. This initiative is designed to invite commercial industry to propose their technology solutions and outline how these could benefit our warfighters. It's an invitation to think big and demonstrate how your solution could make a tangible difference in the field.

Phase I: Your First Step Towards Innovation

Phase I of this journey is a three-month feasibility study, where your task is to engage with the Air Force end user (the warfighter) and the customer (program office) to forge a path towards transitioning your technology to practical use. With a maximum award of $75K for SBIR and $110K for STTR, you're funded to explore the technical feasibility of your idea, culminating in the preparation for a Phase II application and the critical task of securing a Customer Memorandum. This document is your golden ticket to advancing towards prototyping in Phase II.

The Gallium Solutions Advantage

At Gallium Solutions, we understand the complexities and challenges of navigating the federal funding landscape. Our expertise and strategic approach can be the catalyst that propels your project from proposal to prototyping. Here's how we can help:

·      Strategic Insight: Aligning your technology with the specific needs and goals of the Air Force, ensuring your proposal stands out.

·      Proposal Development: Offering end-to-end support in crafting a compelling and compliant proposal that effectively communicates the value and feasibility of your technology.

·      Navigational Guidance: Helping you through every step of the process, including the crucial task of connecting with the right Air Force end users and customers to secure a Customer Memorandum.

Don't let this chance to make a difference slip through your fingers. The deadline for submission is fast approaching, and with our help, you can navigate this journey with confidence. Visit Gallium Solutions to book a meeting and take the first step towards bringing your technological innovation to those who serve our country.

Ready to take your technology to new heights? Contact Gallium Solutions today and let us guide you through the AFWERX Phase I SBIR process. Together, we can transform your innovative ideas into reality for the benefit of our warfighters. Let's innovate for the skies!