Tyler Sweatt, Chief Revenue Officer of Second Front Systems, offers guidance on navigating the Department of Defense's Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program from earning a Phase I award to transitioning into a viable and mature DoD, commercial, or dual use solution in Phase III and beyond.
AFWERX is an innovation and acquisition arm of the U.S. Air Force under the Air Force Research Laboratory and provides excellent introductory resources for their SBIR program. The AFWERX framework for the SBIR process offers a great mechanism to access potential customers and users within the Air Force and wider DoD. AFWERX provides a fantastic front door and scaling mechanism (including potential additional sources of capital) for dual use companies looking to expand into DoD. This blog is designed to help companies better understand the overview, phases, requirements, and processes of the program.