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AAL is sponsoring three 20.2 SBIR topics to provide innovators up to $1.1M and a direct contract with the Army.


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Three times each year, the Army puts out Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) topics to give U.S. small businesses a chance to receive non-dilutive funding, refine their technology, and solve real Army problems. We call these three periods “releases,” and each release features new and focused challenges.

For the 20.2 SBIR Release — the second release of our 2020 fiscal year — AAL is looking for solutions in three interesting and unusual areas. So, working with Army PM SBIR, we turned our interest into three separate topics out of the 51 total Army SBIR opportunities. 

There are a range of requirements (and funding) associated with each topic, but each one offers the potential to develop your technology for the Army. What does this mean for you? The Army can provide you with non-dilutive capital and the potential for a sole-source contract later in the program.



Beyond Lithium-Ion Batteries

Help us develop the next generation of safe, reliable energy storage devices for future Army vehicle platforms. This Phase I SBIR will provide up to $50k during the initial process and include an accelerated 3-month cohort program with potential for a $1.1M follow-on contract.

Topic # A20-103

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Wireless Power Transfer

We’re looking for technologies that can wirelessly transfer power to Soldiers in the field, enhancing the capabilities and efficiencies of what we use today. This Phase I SBIR opportunity provides up to $111.5k and allows 6 months to show how your technology will help modernize the Army.

Topic # A20-104

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Portable Atomic Clock

 Develop, demonstrate, and deliver a portable, optical atomic clock that can be used by Army systems that need precise timing in GPS-denied environments. This Direct to Phase II topic is designed to take on more mature technologies with access up to $1.1M in non-dilutive capital. 

Topic #  A20-D01

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AAL uses the Army SBIR program as part of our integrated Solution Design approach. This means, each topic we release is tied to a priority problem we’re working to solve. What’s more is that we include Soldier touchpoints in every topic we release, so companies can develop solutions in tandem with end users. This collaborative approach provides direct engagement with Army problem owners, Cross-Functional Teams, program managers, technical experts, and other stakeholders who support the development of your technology.


The Army SBIR program provides federal funding to ensure American small businesses are part of Army research and development. SBIR is designed for companies with fewer than 500 employees that have technology — ranging from idea to prototype — with potential commercial applications. This competitive awards-based program helps small businesses with relevant dual-use technology explore their potential while supporting Army priorities. And you only need a DUNS number and the right ideas to participate.