Traditional Phase I funds are short-term (typically six months) feasibility studies of proposed innovations. These awards usually have a $150,000 cap, depending on the agency, but can be up to $225,000 and even larger with special SBA approval. Assuming that a company establishes the scientific and technical merit as well as the commercial potential of its proposed innovation, it can compete for sequential Phase II funding. Phase I through AFWERX is a condensed contracted timeframe of 90 days. The award is for $50,000 and allows the small business to conduct research on who their customer is within the Air Force and what solutions they may be able to provide. At the completion of the Phase I contract, the company may compete for Phase II funding.
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- I'm from industry. How can I find an Air Force customer?
- What is a Phase I contract?
- What is a TRL?
- What is the difference between a Phase II and a Direct to Phase II contract?
- What is the difference between the AF SBIR/STTR Center for Excellence and AFWERX?
- What is the different between a grant and a contract? Which does the Air Force SBIR/STTR program offer?
- What is the SBIR Program?
- What is the STTR Program?
- Where can I learn more about SBIR/STTR?
- Who can I contact for SBIR/STTR Support?