Army Launches xTechSearch 3.0 to Continue Its Search for Next Generation Technology

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May 22, 2019 | Originally published by Date Line: May 22 on

The Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology (ASA(ALT)) is announcing the third cohort of the Army Expeditionary Technology Search – xTechSearch – to be featured at the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) Annual Meeting in Washington, DC, from 14 to 16 October 2019. xTechSearch will highlight opportunities for small businesses to collaborate with the Army to tackle the most critical Army modernization challenges.

The ASA(ALT) recognizes that the Army must enhance engagements with the entrepreneurial-funded community, small businesses, and other nontraditional defense entities by (1) understanding the spectrum of technologies being developed commercially that may benefit the Army, (2) integrating the sector of nontraditional defense entities into the Army’s science and technology (S&T) ecosystem, and (3) providing mentorship and expertise to accelerate, mature, and transition technologies of interest to the Army.

The xTechSearch program will provide resourcing to select small businesses to demonstrate proof of concept for their technologies pertaining to Army challenges.  The program will also integrate these small businesses into the Army’s S&T ecosystem by providing research opportunities with Army labs, including access to the Army’s organic intellectual and technical capital.  xTechSearch is an opportunity for businesses to pitch novel technology solutions – a new application for an existing technology or a new technology concept entirely – to the Army.  The Army will provide non-dilutive seed prizes for the small businesses to demonstrate proof of concept in an Army-relevant challenge area.

The authority of this program is 15 United States Code (USC) §3719.

Important Dates

30 April 2019:  Solicitation period opens.
13 June 2019:  Solicitation period closes 2:59 a.m. EST on 13 June
15 July 2019:  Phase II Selection Announcements
05-22 August 2019:  Phase II Technology Pitches
23 August 2019:  Phase III Selection Announcements
14-16 October 2019:  Phase III – AUSA Annual Meeting, Washington, DC
16 October 2019:  Phase IV Selection Announcements
March 2020:  Phase IV Captsone – AUSA Global Force Meeting, Huntsville, AL

Point of Contact

Mr. Daniel Coffman
Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army, Research and Technology
2800 Crystal Drive, Arlington, VA 22202