Seeking businesses worldwide to engage with the Army, win prizes & tackle challenges

Other Funding
  • Program Type
    Other Funding
  • Funding Award
  • Submission Deadline
    March 31, 2022 — April 29, 2022
  • Industry Focus
    Nonprofit organizations, for-profit organizations (i.e., large and small businesses), institutions of higher educations and foreign organizations.
  • Eligibilty Requirements (Y/N)

The U.S. Army would like to invite interested entities to participate in the xTechDetect competition. xTechDetect is a forum to engage with the Army, earn prize money and provide potential funding opportunities to tackle Army challenges within the counter-improvised explosive device (C-IED) space.

The U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command (DEVCOM), the DEVCOM Forward Elements (DFE Americas, Atlantic, Pacific) and the U.S. Office of Naval Research Global (ONR-G) have partnered with the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology) (ASA(ALT)) to deliver the xTechDetect competition. The Army recognizes that the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) must enhance engagements with eligible businesses by (1) understanding the spectrum of ‘world-class’ technologies being developed commercially that may benefit the DOD, (2) integrating the sector of commercial innovators into the DOD Science and Technology (S&T) ecosystems, and (3) providing mentorship and expertise to accelerate, mature, and transition technologies of interest to the DOD.

xTechSearch 3 Semifinalists: Brayton Energy, LLC

Hear more about our xTechSearch 3 semifinalist, Brayton Energy, LLC.

Antoine Corbiel and Chad Everbeck, principal engineers for Brayton Energy, give an overview of their research and development company specializing in gas turbines and ultra-compact heat exchangers.

xTechSearch is a program sponsored by the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology (ASA(ALT)), targeting small businesses to uncover novel dual-use science and technology solutions.

The xTechDetect competition is an opportunity for eligible entities to pitch their novel, dual-use technology solutions directly to U.S. DOD. The competition will provide operationally-relevant and technical feedback from Army experts on proposed ideas submitted to this competition and offer cash prizes to selected finalists, along with educational opportunities and direct exposure to key stakeholders.

The competition will consist of two-rounds: (1) a short concept white paper and (2) a technology pitch event. Up to 12 finalists will receive a prize of $10,000 each and an invitation to participate in the Final Technology Pitches. Up to three (3) winners will be selected from the pitch event and awarded an additional prize of $70,000 for 1st place, $50,000 for 2nd place, and $30,000 for 3rd place. Details on the prize structure are listed in this announcement. In addition to non-dilutive cash prizes, participants will have the opportunity to engage with U.S. DOD stakeholders through information sharing and networking opportunities.

The efforts described in this notice are being pursued under the authorities of 10 United States Code (USC) §2374a. While the authority of this program is 10 USC §2374a, a concept white paper submitted to the xTechDetect competition may generate interest by another DOD organization for a funding opportunity outside of this program (e.g., submission of a proposal under a Broad Agency Announcement). The interested DOD organization may contact the participant to provide additional information or ask for a request for proposal in a separate solicitation.

Future Phases

Check out an overview of each competition phase below - complete rules for each phase will be released as the competition progresses.