Wright Brothers Institute (WBI)

WBI reaches out to universities, small businesses, industry, federal, state and local government agencies, and international experts to solve complex problems in aerospace and national security. WBI also partners with AFRL, and regional, state and national economic development organizations to stimulate a vibrant industrial base by transferring technology from AFRL to businesses and the public sector.

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Air Force Research Laboratory

The Air Force Research Laboratory is a global technical enterprise, boasting some of the best and brightest leaders in the world. We are Revolutionary, Relevant, and Responsive to the Warfighter. We defend America by unleashing the unconquerable power of scientific and technical innovation. Our mission is leading the discovery, development, and integration of affordable warfighting technologies for our air, space, and cyberspace force.

Air Force Research Laboratory - Small Business Office

The mission of the Air Force Research Laboratory's Small Business Office (AFRL/SB) is to increase the use of small businesses as a valued source of skills for innovative, cost-effective, customer-focused solutions to warfighter requirements and Air Force missions, both now and in the future.  AFRL/SB encompasses the Air Force Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) Program, the AFRL Small Business Programs and the Air Force Technology Transfer Program (T2).

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Tech Town 

Home of the AFRL Small Business Office at 711 Monument Avenue

Tech Town was created as a tool to support the attraction and growth of high technology business and promote technology commercialization. As Dayton’s premier technology-oriented destination, the Tech Town campus provides state-of-the-art facilities in an urban, live, work, and play environment that is designed to attract tech savvy workers.

The Entrepreneurs Center

The Entrepreneurs Center is a technology accelerator and business incubator in Dayton. TEC will work with clients to identify actions and services that move the entrepreneur toward growth, profitability and sustainability. They provide analysis to help determine what the entrepreneur needs at any given phase of business development.

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Dayton Tech Guide

This “Hitchhiker’s Guide” is a tool for building a stronger tech and startup ecosystem and fostering that culture in Dayton. Check out startups and startup jobs in the Dayton region, plot the regional ecosystem in the Ecosystem Map and find funding and services all on one website.

Air Force SBIR/STTR Office

The principal goal of the Air Force SBIR/STTR programs is to serve the technology needs of the Air Force warfighter. These programs, together with the people who manage them, accomplish this as part of the Air Force's technology development efforts to identify and provide advanced, affordable, and integrated technologies that keep our Air Force the best in the world.

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Click here to visit the SHIFT AFRL webpage

SHIFT (Shaping Holistic Innovative Future Technologies) is a grassroots network within AFRL that has formed around the idea of creating a culture of active innovation within AFRL. SHIFT has initiated a number of diverse activities to date that address infrastructure & IT needs, "intrepreneurial" & entrepreneurial thinking, linking S&Es with functionals, and developing more effective multi ­disciplinary teams. It seeks to implement best ­practices such as 'collision' workshops to brainstorm problems and solutions. SHIFT AFRL is open to all AFRL employees, and its current 100+ members include S&Es, branch chiefs, and functionals.

Idea Lab

The IDEA Laboratory is an organization within the Wright Brothers Institute that provides collaborative innovation products and services to our government, industry, and academic research and development and high technology customers. The IDEA Laboratory’s mission is to significantly enhance the speed, creativity and return on investment of our customer’s activities and efforts by generating new insights into complex challenges, uncovering key areas for investment, and quickly connecting with new partners, problem solvers, ideas and solutions in the U.S. and around the world.

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Tec^Edge Works

Tec^Edge Works (TEW) is a collaborative work center established to support military problem resolution by bringing military, academic, and private industry project teams together. ­ See more at Tec^Edge Works


Established in 2017 by the SECAF and reporting to the Vice Chief of Staff of the Air Force, AFWERX is a catalyst for agile Air Force engagement across industry, academia, and non-traditional contributors to create transformative opportunities and foster an Air Force culture of innovation.

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Montgomery County Business Services

Montgomery County Business Services combines the expertise of professionals from our workforce development, economic development, planning, building regulations, and community development divisions to help you easily find the resources your business needs to locate, grow, and expand in our region.

PIAs (Partnership Intermediary Agreements)

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Wright Brothers Institute (WBI)

WBI reaches out to universities, small businesses, industry, federal, state and local government agencies, and international experts to solve complex problems in aerospace and national security. WBI also partners with AFRL, and regional, state and national economic development organizations to stimulate a vibrant industrial base by transferring technology from AFRL to businesses and the public sector.


TechLink is the Department of Defense’s primary national technology transfer partner. Our unmatched technology licensing expertise is grounded in over 20 years of partnership with DoD laboratories; whereby more than 1,000 inventions have been transferred to industry partners so meaningful products and services can be realized. TechLink reviews all DoD IP and strategically pairs those commercially viable technologies with capable industry partners. We’re committed to helping national investment in research and development come full circle, enabling positive economic impact and ensuring innovative capabilities reach the warfighter. View the database of all U.S. Air Force technologies with licensing potential or learn more at the link below.

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The Griffis Institute

The Griffiss Institute (GI) was established in 2002, by the State of New York, as an independent 501(c)(3) entity governed by a Board of Directors. The primary role of the GI is to advocate and facilitate the co-operation of private industry, academia, and the Air Force Research Laboratory Information Directorate (AFRL/RI), in developing solutions to critical cyber security problems. Another prime role is to build upon technologies under development at the AFRL/RI to further strengthen our nation’s security.


Defensewerx is a neutral facilitator and trusted counselor, connecting a national network of individuals, businesses, educators and government organizations to enable creative and integrated solutions for our DoD customers.

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Click here to visit the Miltech webpage

MilTech is a Department of Defense Technology Transition Partnership Intermediary and operates via Partnership Intermediary Agreement between Montana State University and the Air Force Research Lab at Wright Patterson Air Force Base. The mission of MilTech is to accelerate the transition of new technology to the U.S. Warfighter. Since 2004 MilTech has performed over 150 technology acceleration and transition projects for every military service and joint and special commands.


NYSTEC is a nonprofit technology consulting company, advising organizations, agencies, institutions, and businesses since 1996.

At NYSTEC, we believe that our clients want more than just a quick fix or a one-size-fits-all service. They want tailored strategies on demand. They want technically optimized, cost-effective solutions. And they want a trusted partner to guide them as they plan for, acquire, and implement the right technology that enables them to see real business outcomes.

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Click here to visit the NAVSEA webpage

The Naval Sea Systems Command is comprised of command staff, headquarters directorates, affiliated Program Executive Offices (PEOs) and numerous field activities. Together, we engineer, build, buy and maintain ships, submarines and combat systems that meet the Fleet's current and future operational requirements. Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) is the largest of the Navy's five system commands. With a fiscal year budget of nearly $30 billion, NAVSEA accounts for nearly one quarter of the Navy's entire budget.

New Mexico Tech

NM Tech has promoted ideas, inventions, and technologies through a set of spin-on spin-off initiatives for shaping the AFRL Directed Energy Directorate and the Space Vehicles Directorate approach to T3. In addition, the NM Tech PIA continues to implement, develop, and mediates tech transfer agreements necessary to excel commercial viability. In addition, the Explora STEM Education and Workforce Development Center is a job-creation project, providing critical pathways to engage, educate, and employ New Mexico’s Future Science Leaders. This center is unique in that it is demographic/need blind, allowing underrepresented teens and young adults exposure to and opportunities in alternate learning methods and access to employers.

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Purdue Research Foundation

The Purdue Research Foundation is a place where ideas turn into inventions and where inventions are used to propel the world forward/into new territories. Our technology transfer, business development and incubation program have not only earned numerous awards and recognition, but they have also strengthened economies by developing breakthroughs into deliverable products.

Doolittle Institute

The Doolittle Institute, an AFRL Innovation Institute, supports the Air Force Research Labs Munitions Directorate by working to license and commercialize AFRL/RW technologies in the private sector, enable rapid technology delivery to the warfighter, identify and foster new R&D partnerships and develop AFRL’s current and future workforce. The Doolittle Institute is a member of the Defensewerx Family.

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Click here to visit the MGMWERX webpage

Located in Montgomery, Ala., MGMWERX was created under a Partnership Intermediary Agreement between DEFENSEWERX and the Air Force Research Laboratory to align with the education initiatives of Air University. MGMWERX augments ongoing Air University programs to enhance production of high-quality, innovative research and ideas that span issues of importance to the Air Force.


The DoD Prototyping Guidebook lists C-TRAC as an example of a PIA – “public-facing intermediaries [that] help government organizations find, collaborate with, and contract with industry, labs, and academic partners to discover and develop innovative solutions to problems that the organization is trying to solve.”

C-TRAC has led the charge in this important work by facilitating Partnership Intermediary Agreements with Air Force CyberWorx and Air Force Research Labs, providing recruiting, teaming opportunities, business acceleration, commercial augmentation programs and much more. We are always in search of additional partners to leverage existing PIAs and establish new intermediary agreements.

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Rocky Mountain Innovation Partners

ocky Mountain Innovation Partners (RMIP), a 501c(3) corporation in Colorado Springs, CO, has an agreement with the United States Air Force Academy (USAFA) to coordinate leasing of its world-class laboratories to commercial firms. Potential users of the USAFA laboratories are aerospace primes and suppliers, architects and engineers, other universities, and other firms involved in research, development, and application of emerging technologies. RMIP will help commercial firms wishing to use the USAFA laboratories establish contact with the appropriate laboratory directors, write and obtain approval of the required commercial test agreements, and otherwise help assure successful testing of the commercial products.

Cyber Innovation Center

The Cyber Innovation Center (CIC), located in Bossier City, Louisiana, is the anchor of the 3,000 acre National Cyber Research Park and serves as the catalyst for the development and expansion of a knowledge-based workforce throughout the region. As a 501c3 not-for-profit corporation, the CIC fosters collaboration among its partners and accelerates technology, research, and development. One of its primary missions is to develop a sustainable knowledge-based workforce that can support the growing needs of government, industry, and academia.

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Click here to visit the SOFWERX webpage

SOFWERX was created under a Partnership Intermediary Agreement between Doolittle Institute and the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM). Located in Tampa, FL, SOFWERX has a very dynamic environment designed to create a high rate of return on collision for all participants. Through the use of our growing ecosystem, promotion of divergent thought, and neutral facilitation, our goal is to bring the right minds together to solve challenging problems.

Academic Partnership Engagement Experiment (APEX)

The Academic Partnership Engagement Experiment (APEX) cultivates innovation by expanding the American research enterprise for the USAF. APEX does this by engaging and collaborating with innovators across academia, industry and the Department of Defense (DoD) and who possess capabilities of interest to the USAF; utilizing data analytics to identify transformational operational defense solutions in academia, industry and government sectors; providing high-touch coaching for business startups and proposals; and engaging with DoD programs to connect universities, businesses and government entities in a way that moves defense technology from discovery to reality.

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Click here to visit the ERDCWERX webpage

ERDCWERX has tools to empower small businesses, entrepreneurs, and academia to identify new partnerships for innovation and commercialization with the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) in military engineering, environmental quality and inspections, civil works and water resources, geospatial research and engineering, and engineered resilient systems.