The United States (U.S.) Army would like to invite interested entities to participate in the xTechPrime competition, a forum for eligible small businesses and technology integrators to form teams in order to bring forward innovative technology solutions to solve current Army needs.


    The U.S. Army xTech Program announced the 50 xTechPrime semifinalists that received $5,000 in cash prizes and an invitation to participate in the second part of the competition. These small businesses submitted proposals in open-topic areas such as artificial intelligence/machine learning; autonomy; climate and clean technologies; immersive/wearables; and sensors. The firms also submitted white papers addressing specific topic areas of interest, including information collection management, long range precision munitions, Project Linchpin, small multipurpose equipment transport and weather operational effects.

    Before semifinalists can participate in Part 2: Technology Pitches, they must form a partnership with a . For this competition, a technology integrator is “any business outside of the selected small business in Part 1, who has directly worked with the U.S. government. They have experience managing at least one subcontractor and are responsible for ensuring that the work is completed as defined in the contract. This can include but is not limited to: other small businesses, large businesses, and sole proprietors.” To receive updates about the collider event and teaming opportunities as a potential technology integrator, register here.

    To facilitate the formation of teams between xTechPrime semifinalists and technology integrators, the xTech Program created a virtual networking platform and will host the xTech Collider on Aug. 23 at Fed Supernova in Austin, Texas.

    Artificial Intelligence (AI)/Machine Learning (ML)

    • Alitheon Inc., “Digital Fingerprinting to Overcome Distance and Complexity for Supply Chain Security”
    • Deep North Inc., “Warehouse Management and Supply Chain Video Analytics Powered by Computer Vision and AI/ML”
    • FASTPORT, Inc., “The Soldier for Life Benefits Platform (SFLBP) as a Method to Leverage Machine Learning and AI in Data Mining to Enhance U.S. Army’s Soldier Recruitment and Retention”
    • Helios Remote Sensing Systems, Inc., “AI/ML Characterization and Classification of Sense-Through-the-Wall (STTW) Radar Detections”
    • Neurable Inc., “Non-invasive Brain-Computer Interface (BCI) for Soldier Performance Optimization”
    • PHELPS2020, INC., “AI/ML & Fusion of Large Data in Real-Time at the Edge”
    • ThirdEye Gen, Inc., “AI-AR Immersive Female Combat Trauma Training”
    • Toyon Research Corporation, “Tactical AI Camera”
    • TurbineOne, “The Frontline Perception System”
    • ZeroEyes, “ZE Low SWaP ISR Kit (Z-LIK)”


    Climate and Clean Technologies

    • Alpha-En Corporation, “Direct Fabrication of High Energy Lithium Anodes via Lithium Extraction from Raw Material Solutions”
    • Amprius Technologies, Inc., “Reduce Weight, Double Endurance with Amprius Silicon Lithium-Ion Cells”
    • Arbor Batteries, “Li-ion Batteries with Improved Charge Rate, Energy Density, and Safety, using 3D Structured Electrodes”
    • ATOMICS, INC, “Sustainable Molecular Data Storage”
    • AxNano, “Mobile Supercritical Water Oxidation (mSCWO) for Treatment of PFAS in Army Waste Streams”
    • Battery Streak, “Rapid-Charge Battery Technology: Revolutionizing Energy Efficiency in Military Operations”
    • Beyond Silicon, “High Power-Density Perovskite/silicon tandem photovoltaics
    • EC Power, “Battery internal heating for fast charging, ultracold-immune portable soldier power”
    • Engineering & Scientific Innovations, Inc, “Environmentally Friendly Ground Vehicle Fire Protection System”
    • GDI, “Scalable 100% Silicon Anodes for Superior Energy Storage”
    • Heartland Water Technology, “Compact Ionic Gasification System for Waste-to-Energy Conversion Applications”
    • InventWood LLC, “High Performance, Domestically Sourced Wood Based Material as Replacement for Endangered Tropical Wood Species in Trailer Decking Application”
    • KLAW Industries LLC, “Forward Waste Utilization for High Performance Carbon Sequestering Concrete Materials”
    • Lithios Inc., “Advanced Lithium Extraction and Conversion for a Sustainable and Secure Army Supply Chain”
    • Marine Turbine Technologies, LLC, “Tactical Battlefield Rechargers for Tactical and Combat Vehicle Electrification program”
    • OPEX SYSTEMS LLC, “MIL-STD Microgrid Technology for Dual-Use, Smart, Efficient and Clean Power & Energy Systems”
    • Resonant Link Inc, “High-power wireless charging to power the Army’s next-generation, electrified ground fleet”
    • Sesame Solar Inc., “Mobile Renewable Power for Clean Energy Generation, Storage and Resilience”
    • Storagenergy Technologies, Inc., “Efficient Direct Lithium Extraction for Domestic Production of Military Batteries”


    • DotBliss, LLC, “Screen-printed, textile-based interactive touch displays with spectral control, electronic sensors with haptic feedback enabling covert communication”
    • POSE Fitness, “POSE Fitness Body Tracking Application”


    • Dual Sense, “SEDNET: Stereoscopy Enhanced Deep Neural Networks for Explosive Threat Detection”
    • Lunewave Inc., “Luneburg lens enabled broadband RF signal detection, direction finding and geolocation system in a drone network”
    • ModalAI, Inc., “Soldier Borne Unmanned Aerial 3D Geospatial Intelligence”
    • NuMoon Technologies, LLC, “Hand-Held Optical Surface Contaminant Detection”
    • TERADAR, INC., “Enhancing Target Detection through TeraDAR’s breakthrough Sensor Technology for Advanced Perception”

    Intel Apps #3 Weather Operational Effects

    • Creare LLC, “Intel Application for Weather Operational Effects”

    Intel Apps #4 Information Collection Management

    • Esperto Medical, Inc., “A calibration-free, noninvasive, continuous vital sign monitor for austere environments”

    Long Range Precision Munitions (LRPM)

    Project Linchpin

    • AI Squared, “Objective Data Assessment Framework for Data Mesh”
    • ANDRO Computational Solutions, LLC, “AI-Hawk: Expandable Deep Learning Tool with RF MLOps for Future-proof RF Signal Intelligence”
    • Enveil, Inc., “Encrypted Machine Learning Model Evaluation for Model & Data Integrity”
    • Latent AI, “MLOps for Optimized and Secured Edge AI”

    Small Multipurpose Equipment Transport, Increment II (SMET Inc. II)

    • FluxWorks LLC, “Non-Contact, Lubrication-Free Magnetic Gear Integrated Motor Generator for Reduced Maintenance, Increased Survivability, Extended Range, and Enhanced Payload Capacity of Autonomous Vehicles”
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    The United States (U.S.) Army would like to invite interested entities to participate in the xTechPrime competition, a forum for eligible small businesses and technology integrators to form teams in order to bring forward innovative technology solutions to solve current Army needs.

    The xTechPrime competition will challenge small businesses to work together in teams with technology integrators to submit their innovative solutions that contribute to the Army’s current modernization goals. xTechPrime will assist in driving innovation, ultimately delivering novel, and often overlooked, technologies to the Army. Through the xTechPrime competition, the Army is encouraging collaboration between small businesses and technology integrators by providing an opportunity to form teams to compete for non-dilutive cash prizes and, for the original small business applicants, the potential for a Direct to Phase II Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) contract award.

    During the competition, small businesses will submit an initial concept white paper during the open submission window for Part 1: Concept White Paper. Proposals will be evaluated by a panel of Army and Department of Defense (DoD) experts and up to 50 small businesses will be selected as winners from Part 1. Winners may receive a cash prize of up to $5,000 and receive an invitation to take part in the xTech Collider Event, hosted by the xTech Program. The collider event will welcome all technology integrators and will be publicized as widely as possible. The event will provide the small business winners from Part 1 and technology integrators a venue to facilitate introductions and conduct a knowledge exchange with the goal of potentially forming teams to compete in Part 2: Technology Pitches. The U.S. government will have no involvement in forming teams or the mechanism by which the entities choose to structure their partnership. The collider event is only intended to facilitate the potential for teaming.

    Teams formed from the collider event or outside of the event, will be the only entities invited to conduct a virtual pitch on their technology concept and team ability to a panel of Army and DoD experts during the Part 2: Technology Pitches. Upon conclusion of the pitch event, up to 30 teams will be selected and awarded a cash prize of up to $15,000 each, along with an invitation to participate in Part 3: Finals. Up to 15 teams will be selected as the final competition winners from the Part 3 and will receive an additional cash prize of up to $20,000 each. The original small business applicant from the winning teams from Part 3 will also be given the opportunity to submit a proposal for a potential Direct to Phase II contract valued up to $1.9 million. Additional details on eligibility and the competition structures are listed hereafter.

    The efforts described in this notice are being pursued under the authorities of 10 U.S.C. § 4025 (formerly 2374a) and 15 U.S.C. § 638 and 10 U.S.C. § 4022 (Prototype Projects) to award cash prizes and potential SBIR contracts (15 U.S. Code §638) to only those eligible and selected entities as described in this announcement. While the authority of this program is 10 U.S.C. § 4025, the xTechPrime 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 small business applicant to provide additional information or request a proposal in a separate solicitation.

    All xTechPrime competition submissions are treated as privileged information and contents are disclosed to Government employees or designated support contractors only for the purpose of evaluation and program support.

    Feedback from the judges panel will be provided to the participants throughout each phase of the competition. The purpose of providing this feedback is to help accelerate transition of the technology to an Army end-user by providing insight on best applications for the technology, suggestions for product improvement for Army use and recommended next steps for development. However, the Government will not respond to questions or inquiries regarding this feedback.

    Army Focus Areas:

    xTechPrime is seeking novel, disruptive concepts and technology solutions with dual-use capabilities that can assist in tackling the Army’s current needs and that apply to current Army concepts. The intent is to provide the Army with transformative technology solutions while enabling cost savings throughout the Army systems’ life cycle. The competition is open topic within the following focus areas include: Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning (AI/ML); Autonomy; Climate and Clean Technologies; Immersive/Wearables; and Sensors. See attached document on the Valid Eval registration page for a list of the top Army SBIR Transition Broker Team topic areas.

    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 xTechPrime.


    PHASE 1: Concept White Paper- Small Business Submissions Only

    Apr 25, 2023 - Jun 7, 2023

    Up to 50 Semifinalists


    PHASE 2: Virtual Technology Pitches

    Oct 30, 2023 - Nov 12, 2023

    Up to 30 Finalists


    PHASE 3: Finals

    Dec 13, 2023 - Dec 18, 2023

    Up to 15 Winners


    PHASE 4: Request for Direct to Phase II SBIR Proposal

    Jan 2, 2024 - Jan 16, 2024

    Up to 15 Winners



    Eligibility requirements for Part 1 are in place to ensure that prizes go only to small, independent, U.S. businesses.  Restrictions exist about (1) the type of firm, (2) its ownership structure, and (3) the firm’s size in terms of the number of employees, as follows:

    (1) Type of Firm: an eligible firm must be organized as a for‐profit concern and meet all of the other requirements for a “business concern” in 13 C.F.R. § 3 105.  Non‐profit entities are not eligible.

    (2) Ownership and Control: A majority (more than 50%) of an eligible firms’ equity (e.g., stock) must be directly owned and controlled by one of the following:

    a. One or more individuals who are citizens or permanent resident aliens of the US.

    b. Other for‐profit small business concerns (each of which is directly owned and controlled by individuals who are citizens or permanent resident aliens of the US).

    c. A combination of (a) and (b) above.

    Note:  If an Employee Stock Ownership Plan owns all or part of the concern, each stock trustee and plan member is considered an owner.  If a trust owns all or part of the concern, each trustee and trust beneficiary is considered an owner.

    (3) Size: An eligible firm, together with the affiliates, must not have more than 500 employees.

    The entities allowed to participate in Part 2-3 of the competition must be:

    • A small business winner from Part 1: Concept White Paper phase, and must still maintain the eligibility requirements of Part 1 (listed above); and
    • Technology integrators, as defined in section I above. A technology integrator may also be a small business applicant from Part 1 that did not get selected to move forward, as long as it meets the definition of a technology integrator. Technology integrators interested in participating in this competition and the collider event, can register in advance by visiting the xTechPrime competition tile at: https://www.xtechsearch.army.mil.

    During the competition, participants (both small businesses and technology integrators) can submit only one proposal per technology/topic area. For example, if a small business has a capability that aligns to Human Performance, it can partner with a technology integrator that has the same capability set to submit one proposal. If the same small business has another technology solution that aligns with Clean Tech, it can partner with a technology integrator that has Clean Tech capabilities to submit a second proposal. The small business cannot submit two proposals in the Human Performance topic area or two proposals for the CleanTech topic, it can only choose one solution to submit in each topic area.  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 xTechPrime.

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