The Air Force Research Laboratory has recently created a new Strategic Alliance Process. This new process enhances AFRL's ability to partner with domestic federal agencies and organizations in the pursuit of joint ventures. Its rigorous business-oriented approach will enable AFRL to fully exploit appropriate internal resources in conjunction with the unique talents of external entities. AFRL recognizes that this process will not only strengthen its present research collaborations but promote a much-expanded research capability in the future. The AFRL Strategic Alliance Process applies to all traditional partnering agreements outlined by a Memorandum of Agreement, Memorandum of Understanding, Interagency Agreement, or similar governing document.
Air Force Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR)
These programs are designed to stimulate the technology research of small businesses, while providing the government with cost-effective technical and scientific solutions to challenging problems. SBIR and STTR also encourage small businesses to market SBIR/STTR technology in the private sector.
Additional detailed information on the Air Force SBIR Program is available by calling the Air Force SBIR Program Office, and visiting the Air Force SBIR/STTR web site www.afsbirsttr.com.
The Air Force Technology Transfer (T2) Program was created to assure all Air Force science and engineering activities promote the transfer or exchange of technology with state and local governments, academia, and industry. In addition, all T2 Program activities enhance the economic competitiveness of industry and promote the productivity of state and local governments while leveraging the Department of Defense research and development investment.
Air Force Independent Research and Development (IR&D)
This program was established to help communicate Air Force technology needs to industry and to assist industry in focusing future IR&D efforts on Air Force infrastructure and weapon system needs.
The Defense Innovation Marketplace is an initiative developed by the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research & Engineering in response to the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) Better Buying Power Initiatives 1.0 and 2.0.
AFRL uses the Marketplace as its primary means of facilitating its AF/Industry IR&D Technology Interchange Meetings [TIMs].