This application is for startups to work with the MIT Innovation Initiative on the Air Force’s Open Topic STTR solicitation. All queries are either specifically pulled from the federal application, are required by MIT, or assist the MITii selection team in determining which companies we select. None of your answers will be shared for purposes other than preparing MIT to contract with your startup for an upcoming SBIR or STTR contract.

While MITii will receive applications on a rolling basis, we intend to select those companies with which we are applying before each of the Air Force’s Open Topic Pre-release dates.

The next Air Force Open Topic submission windows are:

  • Fall Cohort:
    August 25: Pre-release Deadline
    September 23: Applications Open
    October 22: Applications Close

Maximum award for a Phase 1 AFWERX Open Topic: $50,000 for 3 months
Maximum award for a Phase 2 AFWERX Open Topic: $500,000 for 12 months

Awarded companies are typically notified within 30 days of deadline. Period of performance typically begins within days of award notification.

Please note: If your firm does not already have DUNS or CAGE number, please start to obtain those immediately. Together, they can take between 4-6 weeks to receive.

Questions? Contact:
Katy Person at kzperson@mit.edu