The following events should be of particular interest to the OFRN Community.

DARPA-SN-19-26 Competency-Aware Machine Learning (CAML)- Proposers Day Webcast @ webcast
Feb 20 @ 11:00 am

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Defense Sciences Office (DSO) is sponsoring a Proposers Day webcast to provide information to potential proposers on the objectives of an anticipated Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) for the Competency-Aware Machine Learning (CAML) program. The Proposers Day will be held via prerecorded webcast on February 20, 2019 at 11:00 AM and will repost at 3:00 PM. Advance registration is required for viewing the webcast. Note, all times listed in this announcement and on the registration website are Eastern Time.

The goals of the Competency-Aware Machine Learning (CAML) Proposers Day are to: (a) introduce the research community (Proposers, Academia, and Government) to the Competency-Aware Machine Learning (CAML) program’s vision and goals; and (b) explain the mechanics of a DARPA program and the milestones of this particular effort.

Additional information regarding this special notice can be found at the following link:

Response Date: Feb 18, 2019 5:00 pm Eastern

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Opportunity Discovery with the Air Force STTR Program and Local Resources
Mar 14 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
The Wright Brothers Institute (WBI) AFRL Small Business Hub and the Air Force SBIR STTR office is teaming up for an STTR focus day on March 14, 2019 in Dayton, OH.


A lot of Industry is very familiar with the SBIR process, but there is another big piece missing and that is the Small Business Tech Transfer (STTR) program. This program is a sister set-aside program to facilitate cooperative Research and Development (R&D) between small business concerns and U.S. research institutions – with potential for commercialization.
The Air Force Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) Program is in the midst of a major transformation to accelerate critical new technologies to the warfighter, which includes a renewed emphasis on STTR projects.

STTR topics, which require a small business to partner with a research institution, typically account for fewer than 25 percent of the total Air Force SBIR/STTR topics offered during a Broad Agency Announcement. As a result, they are often overlooked as a commercial opportunity and have a relatively low commercialization rate. Commercialization encompasses the transition of technology to Air Force use as well as commercial sales.

The Air Force is committed to fully realizing a return on investment from STTR and increasing technology transitions/STTR. While less than 25 percent of the overall program, STTR still accounts for a $70 million annual investment in small businesses and research institutions. We have a massive opportunity to positively impact the Air Force mission.

Focus of the Collider:

  • Raising awareness that many of the same resources applicable to SBIR topics are also available to support STTR topics, including the Commercialization Readiness Program and Phase III contracts. CRP support often helps overcome significant hurdles to transitions while Phase III denotes funding from outside the Air Force SBIR/STTR Program and is a critical commercialization benchmark.
  • Representatives from all Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Technology Directorates will be available for individual meetings, and workshops will be held on a variety of topics, such as STTR basics and Phase III contracts. Some industry representatives will also be attending.
  • Identify Industry partners to provide consultative services to STTR teams – include those whose expertise is Federal Contracting as well as those who specialize in commercializing Intellectual Property (IP)
  • Identify STTR Topics for AFRL

Information/Agenda and Registration:

Don’t miss this great opportunity to help educate you on the STTR process and new initiatives. Limited space available