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SBIR/STTR resources and funding opportunities

Dear Colleagues –

Another exciting start of an academic year is upon us at Clemson! As the fall ushers in fresh energy in student and research engagement, hopefully your goals and objectives are off to a solid start.

In CURF’s previous newsletter (click here to view), I touched upon the benefits of industry sponsored research (“ISR”) and how it might be able to raise the level of activities and resources to a researcher’s prospective projects. In this publication, I'd like to drill a little deeper into how CURF can assist with obtaining Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer Research (STTR) opportunities for the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL).

  • AFWERX (https://www.afsbirsttr.af.mil/) From “Pitch Days” to events such as “Tech Warrior Spark Event” on  October 25th-29th – AFWERX brings the most innovative resources to small business presenters and ultimately our nation’s warfighters, including but not limited to: AR/VR training, mental health, DevSecOps, 3D printing/additive manufacturing (AM), and drones.
  •  Academic Partnership Engagement Experiment (APEX) (https://www.apex-innovates.org) works to 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. 
  • 3PhaseSC (3PhaseSC.com) is a free resource for SBIR & STTR grants. As one initiative of the South Carolina Department of Commerce's Office of Innovation, 3Phase represents the state's commitment to providing the necessary resources for the relentless pursuit of transformational ideas by our citizens and business community.

Stay tuned for more programs through CURF’s INSPIRE program in the fall! You won’t want to miss the opportunity to meet with companies to learn more about their collaboration needs.

As always, we want your feedback! If you have any topics that you might be interested in exploring further, please do not hesitate to reach out via our Inquiry Intake Form

Thank you for all you do to advance Clemson’s research enterprise and maintain its R1 Carnegie designation. Stay healthy and have a great start of the fall semester!



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