Frequently Asked Questions
What is AFWERX?
AFWERX, a Technology Directorate of the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) and the innovation arm of the Department of the Air Force, transitions agile, affordable, and accelerated capabilities by teaming innovative technology developers with Airmen and Guardian talent. In AFWERX, AFVentures expands the Defense Industrial base for advanced technologies, Spark empowers Airmen and Guardian talent, and Prime drives transition to operational capability. Teaming across academia, industry, investment, interagency, and international partners is essential to expanding technology, talent, and transition of dual-use capabilities. In 2020, Fast Company ranked AFWERX #16 of Best Workplaces for Innovators.
How can I get involved with AFWERX?
Whether you Government, Industry, Academia or other military branches, start by completing this form to join our ecosystem, bring your ideas and stay in the loop on upcoming events and opportunities.
Who does AFWERX partner with?
AFWERX has worked with small and large companies, many of the Air Force Major Commands, other service branches, and academia on various projects to provide innovative solutions that provide capability to the warfighter.
Can AFWERX fund projects?
AFWERX does not directly fund projects. What we can do is identify funding sources available to you. A couple possible sources are (SBIR) contracts for companies and Squadron Innovation Funds for Airmen.
Visit https://www.afsbirsttr.af.mil/ for Small Business Innovation Research-related questions and contact their office at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 855-855-5360.
Is there an appeal process if my idea got rejected at a Spark Tank event?
No, but you can work with your Spark Cell or MAJCOM rep to see how you can work on executing your idea. You don’t need approval to try and prototype something.
What events does AFWERX host and what are they?
Please visit our events page for more details.