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Spark connects Airman and Guardians to commercial innovators using virtual collaboration, immersive training and networking opportunities to inspire ideas and cultivate a more creative force. By connecting operators closer to acquisition processes, Spark provides both a voice and a conduit to turn powerful ideas into game-changing operational realities.

Mission: AFWERX Spark marshals capability, cultivates talent and connects Airmen and Guardians.

Vision: Advance innovation culture by connecting diverse, innovative people from traditional and non-traditional communities; and accelerate impact by integrating, adopting, and fielding promising technologies.

Mantra:   Empowering innovators – Accelerating results

Structure and Programs

Network Branch (RGSC) builds, empowers and mobilizes DAF innovation networks.

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Development Branch (RGST) specializes in training and developing Airmen & Guardian Innovators as a warfighting capability through curriculum and experiential learning.

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Catalyst Branch (RGSI) supports DAF innovators through facilitation and advocacy.

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  • Spark Cells

    Spark cells are a decentralized network of Air Force bases around the world to execute locally generated ideas and projects. If you would like to connect with your closest Operational Innovation Cell, complete this form.

  • Major Command (MAJCOM) Innovation Cells

    MAJCOM Innovation Cells champion pathways for grassroots innovation to scale and help to drive alignment between operational and tactical innovation priorities.

    If you’d like to connect with your MAJCOM Innovation Cell, fill out this form.

  • Squadron Innovation Fund (SIF)

    SIF was created to empower squadrons to solve problems and make incremental, cutting-edge technological improvements at their level to jumpstart new and rapid projects and preserve the lethality of the force. We created a handbook and other support resources to help guide you on how to use it

  • Colliders

    These events enable entrepreneurs, warfighters, and experts to meet, learn, and discuss current challenges. Each unique Collider focuses on an area of interest to spark interaction and further collaboration among participants.

  • AFWERX Challenge

    AFWERX Challenge is the combination of the defense, academic, startup, private sector and small business worlds to collaborate through challenges and live events.

  • DC Innovation Collaboration Day (Gov Only)

    Any government employee who is, or would like to be involved in the government innovation space. Learn more

  • Innovation Courses

    Intensive and immersive training for innovators; students solve real Department of the Air Force (DAF) problems (1-week and 1-month options offered)

  • Internships

    The AFWERX Internship program was created to contribute to the development of multi-capable and adaptable officer force by empowering and connecting cadets to innovation efforts at AFWERX and throughout the USAF and USSF innovation ecosystem.

  • Fellowships

    The AFWERX Fellowship program (Fellowship types found in the main menu under “Join Us”) was created to foster a culture of courageous problem-solvers through collaboration and diversity of thought, approach and solution execution for current and future operations.


Spark Cell Charter Template

This is an example charter for any Airmen interested in starting a Spark Cell at their base.

Build a Makerspace

This document contains GSA-approved products which can support an Air Force makerspace.

Innovation Handbook

We must continue to THINK BIG, start small, and Scale Fast!


This is a DAF innovation collaboration and project management tool.

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