Land the U.S. Air Force as Your Next Customer

Become a business-to-government startup solving problems for the Air Force with additional non-dilutive capital.

FIND OUT HOW

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Download the AFWERX program application checklist to learn how your startup can work with the Air Force

Not a startup? Are you supporting startups and the innovation ecosystem?

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AFWERX—where the USAF and American innovation join forces

AFWERX is the innovation catalyst of the Air Force—bringing ideas and innovation together to enable the Air Force to build smarter, stronger, and more agile solutions in partnership with startups, like yours.

Established in 2017 with a goal to foster engagement between industry, academia, and non-traditional contributors, AFWERX fosters a culture of innovation within the Air Force.

 

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Powered by America's Seed Fund

This isn’t your standard government program. AFWERX engages startups through the federal Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program, with funding of $2.5 billion to level the business-to-government playing field for over 160,000 startups and small businesses each year. Our goal is to bring your high-potential products and services to real USAF customers so you can compete with the big dogs and get paid for your services.

LEARN MORE ABOUT SBIR

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Is your startup eligible?

You have the chance to put your expertise to work to solve real problems and get paid to do it. SBIR is seed funding that helps startups and small businesses compete for government business and find viable customers in the Air Force and other federal agencies. If you’re a for-profit business based in the United States with 500 or fewer employees this could be your next exciting business venture.

Read more about eligibility here.

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Find out how to apply and receive program updates.

Upcoming Program Dates

In one year, the USAF awarded more than 900 contracts worth $220 million in SBIR funds. Opportunities to apply for the SBIR program and USAF contracts with AFWERX open three times a year, below are the dates for the first solicitation round of 2020.

Problem
Discovery

Open Topics Announced
See what products and services the Air Force needs the most. Ask questions of the topic sponsor.

May 6, 2020

Start Your Application

Application Opens
First day to submit your 15-slide pitch deck and 5-page application.

June 3, 2020

Apply by the Deadline

Application Deadline
Last day to apply. Award Announcement approximately 30-45 days after close.

8PM ET, July 2, 2020

 

Remember to download the AFWERX program application checklist to learn how your startup can work with the Air Force

Not a startup? Are you supporting startups and the innovation ecosystem?

LEARN MORE HERE

The Air Force has problems to solve—you have the innovations to solve them.

Meet your next favorite customer.