USAF STTR Ask Me Anything with Dr. Kathleen Gilpin of APEX

September 21, 2021

USAF STTR Ask Me Anything with Dr. Kathleen Gilpin of APEX

The next "Ask Me Anything" event in the Air Force STTR program will feature Q&A with Program Lead Anissa Lumpkin and featured speaker Dr. Kathleen Gilpin, Director of National Engagement at the Academic Partnership Engagement Experiment (APEX).

APEX is a Partnership Intermediary Agreement between the Department of the Air Force and Parallax Advanced Research. The Academic Partnership Engagement Experiment has the mission to connect universities, businesses and the government; build collaborations between these sectors; identify their transformational operational defense solutions and capabilities; and advance defense technology development for the Department of the Air Force. The APEX mission supports the United States Air Force Science & Technology 2030 Strategy.

Dr. Kathleen Gilpin was an applied research scientist within the 711th Human Performance Wing at the Air Force Research Laboratory and a research scientist at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, where she conducted research to assess the effects of traumatic brain injury. She served five years in the U.S. Navy as a surface warfare officer navigating amphibious ships and remains a member of the U.S. Navy Reserve. She has a Doctor of Philosophy in Neuroscience.

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.