Revolutionizing Space Technology: The Department of Air Force’s AFWERX Program Releases New Funding Opportunities

AFWERX and SpaceWERX Announce Opportunity for Space Technology Submissions

The Department of the Air Force’s commercial investment arm, AFWERX AFVentures, has recently released the program year 24.2 Strategic Funding Increase (STRATFI) and Tactical Funding Increase (TACFI) notice of opportunity on behalf of SpaceWERX. The objective of these programs is to support space technology submissions and provide financial assistance to small business concerns (SBCs) in transitioning from Phase II Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) or Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) contracts onto Phase III work.

The STRATFI program offers funding ranging from $3 million to $15 million over a period of 48 months, while the TACFI program provides funding between $375,000 and $1.9 million over a 24-month period. Both programs are open to SBCs with Phase II SBIR or STTR contracts that have been active for at least 90 days or completed within two years of submitting a capability package.

Interested parties must submit a capability package by April 12 according to the latest notice of opportunity. It is important to note that for program year 24, the package must be submitted by the SBC’s government point of contact. These programs aim to help SBCs develop and commercialize innovative space technologies and provide much needed capabilities to the DAF.

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