Boosting Space Technology: AFWERX Launches New Funding Programs for Small Businesses

AFWERX and SpaceWERX Announce Opportunity for Space Technology Submissions

SpaceWERX, the Department of the Air Force’s commercial investment arm, has released two new funding programs to support space technology submissions. The Strategic Funding Increase (STRATFI) and Tactical Funding Increase (TACFI) notice of opportunity has been announced on behalf of AFWERX.

These programs are designed to provide financial support to Small Business Concerns (SBCs) with Phase II Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) or Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) contracts that have been active for at least 90 days or completed within two years of submitting a capability package.

Under the STRATFI program, funding ranges from $3 million to $15 million over a period of 48 months. The TACFI program provides funding between $375,000 and $1.9 million over a 24-month period. Both programs are open to SBCs with eligible contracts.

Interested parties must submit a capability package by April 12 according to the latest notice of opportunity. It is important to note that for program year 24, the package must be submitted by the SBC’s government point of contact.

The Air Force Materiel Command website has reported on this initiative, which aims to provide capabilities needed by the DAF through financial support.

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