Follow these key steps to win US Air Force SBIR STTR Awards 

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in the post are those of the author and not APEX and/or the U.S. Government. In 2021, the federal government awarded Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) contracts...

Posted on Jul 21, 2022

University-Industry partnerships: how to work together to win non-dilutive Air Force funding

The Academic Partnership Engagement Experiment, also known as APEX, is a Department of the Air Force (DAF) partnership intermediary managed by the 501(c)(3) non-profit Parallax Advanced Research. The program is dedicated to connecting universities...

Posted on Jun 29, 2022

Four reasons why you should use the US Air Force SBIR STTR program as a vehicle to finance your technology company/idea

By APEX Process Navigation Team Technology startups are hard. The term “valley of death” has been used to describe the difficulty of attracting funding needed for you to obtain customers, attract more funding, and get to a cash-flow positive position...

Posted on Dec 6, 2021

Digital Enterprise Transformation: addressing near-peer threats through innovation

The material was assigned a clearance of CLEARED on 23 Nov 2021. The United States is engaged in a strategic competition. Not since the end of the Cold War has our country been challenged politically, economically, and militarily as it is today. As a...

Posted on Dec 2, 2021

Proposers: Use these methods to overcome the top 5 challenges when applying to Department of the Air Force SBIR/STTR Open Topics

By APEX SBIR/STTR Process Navigation Team Over the past few years, the Department of the Air Force (DAF), which includes the U.S. Air Force and the newly created U.S. Space Force, has changed the game in its Small Business Innovation Research and...

Posted on Nov 3, 2021

How the Department of the Air Force APEX PIA creates effective collaborations between industry and academia for U.S. Air Force SBIR/STTR proposals

The Academic Partnership Engagement Experiment, or APEX, is a first-of-its-kind program that aims to enhance partnerships between the Department of the Air Force, academia, and industry. The five-year, $49 million program focuses on enhancing...

Posted on Sep 23, 2021

APEX Impact Report

This Impact Report covers Fiscal Year 2020 and the first two quarters of Fiscal Year 2021 for the Academic Partnership and Engagement Experiment (APEX) which was codified in the Partnership Intermediary Agreement (PIA) FB8650-19-3-9341 between Wright...

Posted on Sep 1, 2021

What are Partnership Intermediaries Agreements (PIAs) and how can they help small businesses and academia innovate and commercialize technology

Photo credit: Department of the Air Force Technology Transfer and Transition Office (T3) Partnership Intermediary Agreements, otherwise known by the acronym “PIAs”, are agreements between the government and an intermediary organization, such as state...

Posted on Jul 16, 2021

2021 Microelectronics Workforce Strategy Forum recap

About the event From May 11 - 13, 2021, Parallax Advanced Research’s Academic Partnership Engagement Experiment (APEX) program hosted the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL)-sponsored 2021 Virtual Microelectronics Workforce Strategy Forum. The forum...

Posted on Jul 1, 2021

APEX hosts virtual collider on its new Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) resource

On April 8, 2021, the Academic Partnership Engagement Experiment (APEX) program, managed by Parallax Advanced Research, hosted a virtual Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) Collider to showcase curriculum for use by small businesses and academics on...

Posted on Apr 19, 2021