Challenge Details
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Doolittle Institute / AFRL RW

Start Date

Feb 21, 2023

End Date

Mar 9, 2023
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Cyber Survivability Technical Showcase
Challenge Summary
The Technical Showcase aims to strengthen and broaden science and technology collaborations among industry, academia, and the Department of Defense (DoD) through a monthly topic-focused interchange event. This event series will provide opportunities for industry and academia to showcase their cutting-edge technologies and capabilities to scientists and engineers from the Air Force Research Laboratory Munitions Directorate (AFRL/RW) and other DoD research labs located throughout the country.

March Topic- Cyber Survivability (cybersecurity & cyber resilience research and development concepts and technologies)
  • Data integrity - data at rest, in transit and in use
  • Homomorphic encryption
  • Establishing M2M trust in swarm-based systems
  • Securing inter and intra communication within swarms
  • Edge computing – endpoint security, cloud security, or network security
  • Security of digital twins and digital twin infrastructure
  • Assured Autonomy capabilities for ground and flight systems
Applicants are encouraged to illustrate how the above technical capabilities can be applied to or adapted to a weapons system or a precision guided munition.
Additional Information
Submission Deadline
03/08/2023 at 11:59 AM CST
  What’s in it for you? This is a valuable market research opportunity for businesses and academic institutions to learn about what technologies the lab has a need for and what context they will be used in. This will help you better prepare your technical portfolio for current and future procurement opportunities. For those businesses/institutions chosen to present at the event, you will be able to initiate a one-on-one dialogue with lab stakeholders, which may lead to future collaboration or contract opportunities.

Each month will feature a different research topic. All businesses and academic institutions – regardless of size, age, past performance, or location – are invited to apply to highlight their technical capabilities in that field. A panel of technical experts will then select 3-5 businesses/institutions per month to deliver a brief presentation to government stakeholders.

Businesses/institutions whose submissions do not make it through the review are welcome to contact the Doolittle Institute to discuss the next steps and alternate ways of engaging with AFRL/RW.


Participants from industry and academia who are interested in being featured on the technical showcase must submit either a white paper or a PowerPoint slide deck in accordance with the below guidelines:

·         White Paper

o   Applicants may submit one electronic copy (2 pages or less in PDF format) summarizing their technical capabilities related to the monthly topic. Any pages over the stated 2-page maximum will not be evaluated.

o   Additional requirements:

§  Page Size – 8.5-inch x 11-inch

§  Font – 12-point Times New Roman

§  Text may be single or double-spaced.

§  Graphics/diagrams/pictures are welcome.

·         PowerPoint Presentation

o   Applicants may submit one electronic copy (5 slides or less in PDF or PPT format) summarizing their technical capabilities related to the monthly topic.

o   Any slides over the stated 5- slide maximum will not be evaluated.

o   Graphics/diagrams/pictures are permitted; if a video is embedded, it may be no more than 5 minutes, and the slide it is present on will be included in the 5-slide maximum.

Information to Include:

·         Organization/Company Information

o   Name, address, website, CEO (or equivalent) name, size (e.g., number of employees, annual revenue).

·         Research Title

o   Provide a descriptive identifier for the presentation information.

·         Technical Point of Contact (TPOC) and Significant Co-Investigators

o   Only one person should be identified as the TPOC, but list additional significant contributors who can be included in technical discussions and their relevant work in the field.

·         Partners

o   Detail all industrial, academic, and government partners (foreign and domestic) that support or enable your research. What players exist in this market segment?  What effect would global events have on your research and capability to continue?

·         What is the state-of-the-art? – Introduction

o   Provide context to the strategic alignment of the research area and explain how the research relates to the current state-of-the-art (references to important literature can be included).

·         What is your unique, new contribution to the state-of-the-art? – Technology Concept

o   Summarize the scientific/technical need the research fulfills, describe the scientific/technical objectives of the research, and describe the envisioned outcome.

·         What is it that your company possesses? – Research Description

o   Enumerate the key aspects of your research/technologies/concepts, experimental/computational validation, and/or projections, and describe the capabilities made possible by your efforts.

·         How broadly does your technology apply? – Market Utilization

o   Explore the transition potential of your research. Does your technology serve a wider public interest? Is your technology inherently a government-use-only solution, or can it be leveraged in the private sector?  Have you identified potential transition partners within or outside the DoD?


Submissions will be evaluated and selected based on the following criteria:

·         The stated goals and objectives' clarity, relevance, and compelling nature.

·         The appropriateness and feasibility of the technical approach and corresponding methodology.

·         The degree to which the technical approach is appropriate for meeting the stated objectives.

·         The degree to which technical/schedule risks have been identified and accounted for.

·         The proposed solution’s degree of innovation.

·         The assembled team’s expertise and capabilities.

·         The level of relevance to the DoD need.

In addition to the above criteria, it is highly recommended that you include an assessment of your Technology Readiness Level and list any commercial or government stakeholders or customers you are working with to develop or commercialize this technology.

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Please name your file according to the following format: CompanyName_DITS_Month_Topic

·         E.g., DoolittleInstitute_DITS_March_CyberResiliencySecurityResearch

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