Cultivating innovation by expanding the American research enterprise for the Department of the Air Force

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Our Value

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 Parallax Advanced Research 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.

Connect · Educate · Enable

Capabilities

APEX connects universities, businesses and the government and builds collaborations between these sectors; educates collaborators across academia and industry on the U.S. Air Force SBIR / STTR process and identifies their transformational operational defense solutions and capabilities; and enables the advancement of U. S. Air Force defense technology development and transition.


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Creativity & Innovation

Enable an innovation culture by identifying an individual's innovation strengths and preferences and building innovation programs and processes.
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Education & Training

Educate and train industry and academia on DoD / USAF processes; consult on human capital strategies; and develop workforces to meet DoD / USAF priorities.
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National Outreach & Process Navigation

Build collaboration networks with innovators, technologists and researchers and connect them with the government; and provide process navigation for clients through the SBIR / STTR process.
APEX technology pull

Technology Pull

Connect developing ideas with Department of the Air Force needs to facilitate technology transition.
Data analytics

Data Analytics

Identify collaborators, innovators and technology opportunities and active connection programs; and map, characterize and leverage global innovation ecosystems to accelerate solutions for Air Force challenges.