xTechSearch 7 - The Army's Open-Topic Prize Competition

A forum for U.S. based sole proprietors and small businesses to engage with the DOD, earn prize money, participate in the accelerator program, and submit for a Phase I SBIR award.

Other Funding
  • Program Type
    Other Funding
  • Funding Award
  • Submission Deadline
    Phase 1 open until 11/01/22 05:00 AM PST
  • Eligibilty Requirements (Y/N)

The U.S. Army would like to invite interested entities to participate in the Expeditionary Technology Search competition, a forum for eligible sole proprietors and small businesses across the U.S. to engage with the Department of Defense, earn prize money, participate in the accelerator program and submit for a Phase I Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) award. xTechSearch offers an opportunity for eligible participants to pitch novel technology solutions – a new application for an existing technology or an entirely new technology concept – to the Army.

The Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology recognizes that the Army must enhance engagements with small businesses by (1) understanding the spectrum of ‘world-class’ technologies being developed commercially that may benefit the DOD in the manufacturing space and (2) integrating the sector of commercial innovators into the DOD Science and Technology (S&T) ecosystem.

The xTechSearch 7 competition will provide up to $800,000 in cash prizes to select eligible entities. Ultimately, up to 20 finalists will receive a cash prize of $20,000 each and invitation to demonstrate their innovative technology solutions to Army challenges. Up to 10 participants will be selected as the final winners of the competition to receive an additional cash prize of $25,000 each and the opportunity to submit for a Phase I SBIR award of up to $250,000 each. Details on the prize structure and SBIR structure are listed below in the announcement.


Eligibility Requirements

The entities allowed to participate in this competition must be sole proprietors (someone who owns an unincorporated business by himself or herself) or small business concerns in accordance with Small Business Administration guidance under 13 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) § 121.201, or any entity willing and able to be registered as a small business in the United States, meeting the requirements of 13 CFR §121.201, if selected to participate in this competition.

Each eligible entity: • Shall be incorporated in, and maintain, a primary place of business in the U.S. • May not be a federal entity or employ a federal employee acting within the scope of their employment

Sole proprietors may participate in xTechSearch in the case of a private entity, shall be incorporated in and maintain a primary place of business in the U.S., and in the case of an individual, whether participating singly or in a group, shall be a citizen or permanent resident of the U.S.

Foreign companies may participate in xTechSearch by establishing a U.S. domestic business relationship (e.g., wholly owned U.S. subsidiary) or partner with an U.S. based company. Companies that have previously participated in the xTechSearch competitions are eligible to participate for new technology concepts or improvements to prior submitted proposals.

The finalists from the xTechSearch 6 competition are not eligible to participate in this competition unless they partner with another firm that did not reach the finals of xTechSearch 6 so long as the alternate firm is the primary lead and not the finalist company. All xTechSearch 6 finalists will be eligible again during the xTechSearch 8 competition to submit a proposal on their own.

Technologies that fall exclusively within the portfolio of the U.S. Army Medical Research and Development Command that include military infectious diseases, combat casualty care, military operational medicine, chemical biological defense, and clinical and rehabilitative medicine will be excluded from xTechSearch.

Future Phases

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


Let’s Get Started.

To apply or join the program, please submit an application.