Cultivating innovation by expanding the American research enterprise for the Department of the Air Force
The Academic Partnership Engagement Experiment cultivates innovation by expanding the American research enterprise in a way that moves defense technology from discovery to reality.
APEX connects academic innovators with the Department of the Air Force and industry and eliminates barriers in accelerating the transition of science and technology solutions into transformational U.S. Air Force operational capabilities.
APEX is a Partnership Intermediary Agreement between the Department of the Air Force and Wright State Applied Research Corporation and is supported by the Air Force Research Laboratory Small Business Office. The APEX mission supports the United States Air Force Science & Technology 2030 Strategy.
Our Core Functions
Identify collaborators, innovators and technology opportunities using robust data analytics and active connection programs.
Build & Connect a nationwide network of innovators and technologists from universities, small businesses and the government.
Develop & Deploy targeted education programs to train university and partnered small business innovators to effectively interface with the Department of Defense.
Drive innovation through the creation of high-performance teams, innovative concept engineering events and Blue Sky workshops.
Accelerate & Diversify the technology transition pipeline through DoD challenge problems and novel and targeted small business and technology transition opportunities.