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

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

OAI SBIR Workshop – Life Science and Health Care Technologies @ Ohio Aerospace Institute
Apr 18 @ 8:30 am – 4:00 pm

This day-long workshop is for small businesses seeking to understand the nuances and best strategies for successfully competing for the Nation’s largest seed fund: between the National Institute of Health (NIH), National Science Foundation (NSF), Department of Defense (DOD) and other agencies, approximately half of the $2.5 – billion SBIR/STTR funding is directed at health care and life science innovations. Learn from former NIH SBIR/STTR manager what reviewers are looking for and understand how to properly construct a competitive application. The focus will be on life science and health care technologies with attention to the similarities and differences between the NIH and NSF SBIR programs.

Featured Speaker will be Lenka Fedorkova, Ph.D., CEO and Founder, bioPrime, LLC, a former executive manager of the SBIR/STTR programs across the NIH, FDA and CDC.

You will also hear from Vedang Kothari, CEO and President of MuReva Phototherapy.  He will share his experience and insights from the recent company launch of MuReva and their experience with SBIR and other funding in a successful start-up.

The program will also include Deborah Riley of MSM Group, Inc. who will give a basic tutorial on DCAA compliant accounting system requirements for small businesses.