USAF "Ask Me Anything" with Jim Masonbrink of the Wright Brothers Institute

June 21, 2021

USAF "Ask Me Anything" with Jim Masonbrink of the Wright Brothers Institute

The next "Ask Me Anything" event in the Air Force STTR HBCU/MSI outreach series will feature Q&A with Program Lead Anissa Lumpkin and featured speaker Jim Masonbrink, director of the Air Force Research Lab Small Business Hub at the Wright Brothers Institute.

The Air Force Small Business Technology Transfer (AF STTR) program, a $97M small business program, is reaching out to Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) with an opportunity for funding research and development through strategic partnerships with small businesses. The Air Force SBIR/STTR is setup to address barriers that exist in the traditional Air Force Acquisition process. The AF SBIR/STTR has expanded the use of Open Topic solicitations, eliminating lengthy and cumbersome proposal processes. This allowed the Air Force to reach thinkers who might not have otherwise considered doing business with the U.S. government.

Join us to discover the USAF's new partnerships, new opportunities, and upcoming special events!

The AF STTR HBCU Outreach Initiative’s strategic priorities are to:

o Increase HBCU participation in the AF SBIR/STTR program by submitting proposals and increasing award metrics

o Connect HBCUs with emerging trends in the Air Force

o Establish strategic alliances with the Air Force and HBCUs

The AF SBIR/STTR program is offering new partnerships for networking, matchmaking, proposal writing and more to support the development of technology to the warfighter.