US Air ForceAir Force Science and Technology have launched a new channel for Air Force Challenges, and AFWERX is supporting this effort by providing targeted outreach to potential solution providers.

The AF Explore Opportunity Call is looking for companies to provide solutions (or part of a solution) in the following functional areas:

ABOUT AF EXPLORE: AF Explore is the corporate Air Force’s process for seeking, evaluating, selecting, and funding high-risk/high-pay-off ideas that show promise as technological leaps —priming the “big idea pipeline” for future demonstration or experimentation candidates. Under AF Explore, the Air Force will issue both open and functionally-focused opportunity calls for ideas that support the 5 strategic capabilities outlined in the Air Force Science and Technology 2030 Strategy. The most promising concepts will be funded for further development, with the goal of maturing the concept to the point where it may be considered for further investment as a technology candidate for demonstration or experimentation.

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE: The Air Force is seeking innovative capability concepts from Industry (large and small, DoD and non-DoD contractors), Academia, Government, and Federally Funded Research & Development Centers (FFRDCs). Submissions can also be provided by individuals, individual organizations, or any team of organizations.

THE OPPORTUNITY: AF Explore is offering 4-7 $1-3M contracts for this phase. Concepts that prove their merit during the Explore phase could proceed to development phases in the $10-30M range.

HOW TO SUBMIT: SUBMISSIONS OPEN OCTOBER 14, 2019 AND CLOSE NOVEMBER 11. For more information and to submit an idea, visit

The United States Air Force needs your ideas.
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