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Department of Defense U.S. Special Operations Command and SOFWERX: Technology-based Small Business Grant Opportunities (SBIR/STTR)

April 26 @ 9:00 am 4:00 pm

Registration has closed. If you would like to speak to a counselor about SBIR opportunities, email sbdc@umkc.edu.

Who should attend?

  • Missouri and Kansas technology entrepreneurs from small businesses (500 employees or less)
  • University professors and graduate students with commercializable technology

USSOCOM and SOFWERX Presentation on SBIR and STTR Grant Opportunities

  • Tuesday, April 26th, 9:00am-12:00pm
  • Missouri Small Business Development Center at UMKC – 4747 Troost Ave, Room 114 – KCMO 64110
  • In person spots are limited. Zoom option is available.
  • The United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) develops and employs fully capable Special Operations Forces to conduct global special operations as an integrated joint, combined, and interagency force.   USSOCOM includes renowned units such as the Army’s Green Berets and Rangers, the Navy’s SEALs, the Air Force’s Air Commandos, the Marine Raiders, and other Special Operations Forces.
  • SOFWERX works with USSOCOM to help solve challenging Warfighter problems through collaboration, ideation, events, and rapid prototyping.
  • USSOCOM and SOFWERX are eager to engage with Missouri and Kansas technology entrepreneurs to accelerate the development, procurement, and integration of highly innovative technologies, in the following areas:
  • Timely, actionable, mission assured dissemination of data
    • Use of indigenous communications
    • Robust encryption methodologies/devices
    • Low Probability of Intercept/Detection (LPI/LPD line of sight/Beyond Line of Sight (LOS/BLOS) with specific emphasis on contested area data management
    • Multipurpose wireless devices  
  • Data networking enhancements that improve the transport of targeting data
    • Novel technologies to support/enable next generation Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR), particularly in contested and/or non-permissive environments
    • Methods to enable Special Operations Forces (SOF) to secure access to buildings, facilities, and structures remotely or with lower risk to personnel
    • Novel power sources with greater power densities in smaller envelopes
  • Novel approaches to achieve the restorative effects of sleep
    • Novel approaches that provide greater mental acuity
    • Minimally invasive diagnostic devices to provide actionable information on predictors of potential injury
    • Technologies to maximize physical performance (e.g. increased endurance, greater tolerance of heat/cold/altitude, etc.)
  • Edge computing solutions to process data from multiple sources and sensors with minimal hardware footprint and power consumption levels (objective – man portable).
    • Adaptive Artificial Intelligence (AI)/Machine Learning (ML) models that provide a level of autonomy across SOF mission sets to decrease cognitive loading, further enabling SOF to focus on the task at hand.
    • Advanced techniques to exponentially accelerate the employment of AI/ML models at the tactical edge.
    • Data fusion techniques to interconnect and enrich disparate data streams from newly developed AI/ML-based and non-AI/ML legacy capabilities.
    • Dynamic data management techniques to minimize/prioritize movement of data within hybrid cloud, network connected/disconnected scenarios.
  • USSOCOM offers funding to small business technology companies through lucrative Small Business Innovation (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) grants.  They will present information on their funding and development programs and answer entrepreneurs’ questions.  If you are a technology entrepreneur and are interested in learning more about developing and commercializing highly innovative technologies, products, or services for USSOCOM, then please join us.

Tour of UMKC Innovation Studio

  • Tuesday, April 26th, 1:30-4:00pm
  • Robert W. Plaster Free Enterprise and Research Center – 801 E. 51st St. KCMO 64110
  • Attendees at the morning session are invited to tour the new UMKC Innovation Studio, a hub for students, faculty, and the Kansas City community to discuss, design, build and innovate.  The studio includes $3 million worth of fabrication, prototyping, 3D printing,  high-performance computing and data analytics, and  augmented, virtual and mixed reality equipment and software, and much more!  Tour guides will be available to describe the Studio’s capabilities and answer attendees’ questions about how they can use the facilities and services.
  • You may drop in at any time for this event.

Who can qualify for the grants?

  • USSOCOM is seeking highly innovative technologies, ready-to-commercialize or finished products, or services in these areas of interest:
    • Market Research and Creative Development
      • Innovative methods and new capabilities for market research
      • Creative technology products in the form of videos, computer graphics, storyboards, visual art and other media to facilitate newcomer onboarding, storytelling, leadership engagement, and better‐informed decision‐making.
    • Design Development and Systems Engineering
      • Innovative technologies, products, or services that aid in design development capabilities (including, but not limited to software development best practices, experimentation, and user experience trials) or systems engineering rigor (interface definition, requirement derivation, system architecture), or both.  
    • Multi-domain Test and Evaluation
      • Novel and agile methods of multi‐domain test and evaluation, including innovative technologies or services that aid in aviation experimentation, cyber/Internet of Things evaluation (to include penetration testing), maritime/undersea evaluation, communications testing, and electromagnetic warfare analyses.
    • Rapid Prototyping/Low Rate Production
      • Innovative technologies, products, or services that aid in rapidly prototyping or manufacturing small lots of experimental electronics, chipsets, batteries, and other multi‐material experimental.

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