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USAF Revamps Technology Transfer Program With New Efforts

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The U.S. Air Force is accelerating the transition of new technologies to warfighters with new efforts under the branch’s Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer program. The renewed program includes an upcoming STTR-focused workshop and expanded coverage of contributors, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base said Monday.

The program’s revamping addresses the occurrence of low commercialization rates in overlooked STTR topics. Representatives from the Air Force Research Laboratory would conduct meetings and workshops on multiple STTR topics during an event on March 14 in Dayton, Ohio. The service branch will also boost outreach to academic institutions that haven’t taken part in the program, and spread awareness on the resource similarities between SBIR and STTR.

Anissa Lumpkin, an AFRL program lead who oversees STTR topics, said the program’s topic development process has undergone streamlining, and she intends to use non-traditional approaches to support future topics.

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