Air Force Contributing to UAT's Development

Nov. 21, 2019


Originally posted: Nov. 21, 2019
Last edited: 10 months ago

Recently, the Air Force Research Laboratory Information Directorate (AFRL/RI), together with Griffiss Institute announced the winners from the AFRL Commercialization Academy Demo Day and IDEA NY. UAT is honored to have received their grand prize and is looking forward to begin commercialization of its technology in 2020. UAT has the ability to affect the Mohawk Valley’s startup ecosystem and high-tech economy by incorporating AFRL technology from Rome, NY into the go-to-market strategy. UAT was incubated by Liddy Enterprises, where a license to intellectual property from the Department of Defense and Information Directorate was executed.


First debuted in July 2019, the Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program ‘Open Topic’ aims to help small businesses commercialize emerging research in partnership with a university, non-profit entrepreneurship center, or research center. 


Today, UAT was selected for an AFWERX STTR Phase I award. The Air Force continually seeks for technology advances in national security emerging from university systems and R&D communities. UAT is excited to help bring the Air Force a competitive advantage to quickly identify, validate, and integrate those technologies. UAT will be collaborating with Lockheed Martin and BAE Systems research centers. 


This selection will allow UAT to accelerate contract awards and access to a global network of customers and capital. The Air Force STTR Open Topic provides unrivaled opportunity for small businesses to protect their IP and establish themselves in both the commercial and federal marketplace. 


Similar to SBIR, an STTR is a 3-phase program:


            Phase I: Air Force customer discovery

            Phase II: Trial your Solution with the Air Force customers found in Phase I

            Phase III: Unrestricted Sole-Source Government Procurement