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AFWERX transitions agile, affordable, and accelerated capabilities by teaming innovative technology developers with U.S. Air Force Airmen and U.S. Space Force Guardian talent.  AFWERX has three efforts: AFVentures, Spark, and Prime.  AFVentures, in particular, harnesses the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program to enable the Air Force to develop and adopt commercially viable innovations as integrated program components or operationally effective commercial off-the-shelf solutions while providing a competitive edge to the U.S. entrepreneur and technology ecosystem.


Big Blue Innovations assists technology companies and entrepreneurs understand the AF Ventures component of AFWERX and educates its clients on the AFWERX application process.


*Big Blue Innovations is not affiliated with, or an agent of, the United States Government, Department of Defense, United States Air Force, AFWERX or any other related program or government entity.

What is AFWERX?

Many Small Bets

(Phase I)

  • "Open door for innovation"

  • Up to $50,000 per award

  • 1000-1500 awards per year

  • Three solicitations periods per year

How it Works

Some Medium Bets

(Phase II)

  • Up to $750,000 per initial award

  • Matched funding encouraged Up to $1.5M

  • 300-500 awards per year

  • Live and virtual customer matchmaking

A Few Big  Bets

(Phase III)

  • Annual Solicitation

  • TACFI - $375,000 - $1.7M

  • STRATFI - $3M - $15M

  • Defense Only or Dual Use Matching Option

We don't think there has ever been a more exciting time to pursue opportunities with the Air Force!

Big Blue Innovations is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace. We do not discriminate based upon race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or any other applicable legally protected characteristics.

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