AIR FORCE RESEARCH LABORATORY, INFORMATION DIRECTORATE
SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY CALL FOR PARTNERSHIP
Innovare Aspire Series Opportunity Call
Call Release: 1 April 2021
Submissions Open: 1 April 2021
Ask Me Anything: 13 May 2021 | 1-4pm ET
Submissions Close: 11 June 2021 at 11:59pm ET
The Air Force Research Laboratory’s Information Directorate seeks transformational research and development partnerships with industry, academia, and other public and private organizations through the inaugural year of the Innovare Aspire Series.
Innovare Aspire Series is an annual campaign to converge diverse capabilities in United States Air Force and United States Space Force strategic priority areas such as artificial intelligence and machine learning, cyber, nanoelectronics, neuromorphic computing, quantum, and UAS; organize and motivate diverse teams to tackle specific technical challenges; and deliver high-impact, performance-ready capabilities that enhance American competitiveness through diversified commercialization pathways.
Successful partnership idea submissions should align with the challenge areas, include research and development concepts that your organizations are pursuing, and would benefit from additional collaborations with the Air Force Research Laboratory or other industry partners. Understanding the associated business and use cases for your organization is critical to ensure maximum opportunity and collaboration opportunities. Outcome expectations and resource opportunities can be accomplished through various approaches including, but not limited to: modeling & simulation, utility experimentation, exercise participation, technical analysis, technology maturation, risk reduction activities, and subject matter expertise input.
Applicants to this series will be evaluated against the challenge criteria. Applicants with research concepts and collaboration proposals that have the best alignment with the future research needs of the Laboratory will be invited to the Innovare Aspire Summit, a virtual event facilitated by AFRL’s Information Directorate and AFWERX. At this event, prospective partners will convene on novel ways to tackle the Innovare Aspire Series challenges through collaborative agreements.