The Small Business Innovation Research program identifies small businesses that can provide a solution to the warfighter in a faster, more efficient manner than was presently available. The program reduces barriers and accelerates processes, seeding the future of the Air Force through innovation and forward-thinking technology.

Through a competitive awards-based program, the SBIR program enables small businesses to explore their technological potential and provides the incentive to profit from its commercialization. If selected for a SBIR contract, small businesses may be looking for an Air Force customer.

There are many partnership opportunities within the Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center, the single intermediate-level headquarters responsible for providing installation and mission support capabilities to all Air Force and Space Force installations, major commands and direct reporting units. For more information, contact an AFIMSC innovation team:

AFIMSC Ventures

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AFIMSC Ventures provides capital, guidance, and resources in partnership with installation innovation teams and AFIMSC primary subordinate unit Sparks – AFSFC, AFCEC, AFSVC and AFICC – to realize your ideas. Connect with them with general questions, multifunctional projects, or innovations geared toward solving installation and mission support challenges not covered by the other AFIMSC Spark Cells.


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The Air Force Services Center Spark Cell pursues innovations for programs to build and sustain resilient Airmen, Guardians and families across the Air and Space Forces. Connect with them for innovations related to food operations; fitness centers; child care programs and facilities; lodging operations; and recreation programs for military members and their families.


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The Air Force Civil Engineer Center Spark Cell pursues innovations for Air Force civil engineering programs. Connect with them for innovations related to facility investment planning; design and construction; operations support; real property management; energy support; environmental compliance and restoration; readiness and emergency management; and audit assertions, acquisition and program management.


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The Air Force Installation Contracting Center Acquisition Innovation Cell pursues innovations for delivering specialized contract support and business solutions. Connect with them for innovations related to acquisition sourcing solutions; and training and equipping contracting professionals for contingency operations.


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The Air Force Security Forces Center Spark Cell pursues innovations for training, equipping and managing Air Force security forces. Connect with them for innovations related to integrated base defense; law & order operations; nuclear/non-nuclear asset security protection; small arms training & maintenance, light weapons & law enforcement equipment; MWD support, sustainment & training; and corrections.



AFIMSC Ventures

Air Force Civil Engineer Center Spark Cell

Air Force Security Forces Center Spark Cell

Air Force Services Center Spark Cell

AFICC Acquisition Innovation Cell