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Who We Are and What We Do

The Academic Partnership Engagement Experiment (APEX) is a first-of-its-kind program that aims to enhance partnerships between the Department of the Air Force and academia nationwide in support of the United States Air Force Science & Technology 2030 Strategy. APEX is a Partnership Intermediary Agreement between the Department of the Air Force and Parallax Advanced Research

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APEX provides free resources to academic researchers and innovators throughout the U.S.A. who are interested in participating in or applying for funding from the Air Force Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transition Research (STTR) programs. APEX's goal is to make a major leap forward in Department of the Air Force defense technology innovation and development.

Our Vision

Enhance access to top national talent, advance innovative workforce development, support agile practices, expand the Department of the Air Force's scientific presence, cultivate partnerships and increase technology transition opportunities.

Our Mission

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. 

Our Services

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Academic Partnership Engagement Experiment Creativity & Innovation

Enable an innovation culture within your organization by identifying individual innovation strengths and preferences and building innovation programs and processes
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Academic Partnership Engagement Experiment Data Analytics

Identify collaborators, innovators and technology opportunities and active connection programs to propel your technology and organization to the next level
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Academic Partnership Engagement Experiment Education & Training

Educate your organization's workforce with customized lessons based on your needs or learn about U.S. Air Force collaboration opportunities for science and technology development via APEX Massive Open Online Courses
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Academic Partnership Engagement Experiment National Engagement

Build collaboration networks with innovators, technologists and researchers and connect them with the government for science and technology development
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Academic Partnership Engagement Experiment Organizational & Workforce Development

Develop your workforce and organization with workshops and tailored consulting that increase academic and industry engagement and partnerships with the Department of the Air Force
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Academic Partnership Engagement Experiment SBIR/STTR Process Navigation

Receive guidance and support during your pursuit of U.S. Air Force SBIR/STTR funding, from pre-proposal to post-award, with team matchmaking and process navigation consulting

Get Connected with the USAF

Share your idea with the Department of the Air Force!

The Department of the Air Force is committed to delivering an effective service to connect industry, academia and the government by expanding and strengthening their partnerships and leveraging the innovation networks within them. The Air Force Tech Connect is a new product provided by the U.S. Air Force to ensure more external innovations have a transformational impact on the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Space Force.

The Tech Connect team, comprised of Air Force Research Laboratory personnel, connects quality, relevant ideas and technologies with U.S. Air Force subject matter experts. The Tech Connect Team will review submitted ideas and inquiries, provide feedback and establish a dialogue between the submitter and potentially interested U.S. Air Force and U.S. Space Force programs.


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