WASHINGTON – The U.S. Army is releasing contracts for innovative small-business solutions in artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning to address ground warfare challenges for the U.S. Soldier.
The Army Applied Small Business Innovation Research Program released two Direct to Phase II contract opportunities for U.S.-based small businesses to provide high-tech solutions for “Sensor Synthetic Data Generation” and “Datalink-Enabled AI for Fires Optimization,” and one Phase I opportunity for “Artificial Intelligence-in Automated Scrap Inspection ‘MVM.’”
A Direct to Phase II award is worth up to $1.7 million and 18 months in duration and is available to small businesses that have completed the proof-of-concept stage—meaning they can skip Phase I and start Phase II with Army SBIR funding. A Phase I award is for $250,000 and up to four months in duration for small companies to establish the scientific, technical, commercial merit, and feasibility of their proposed innovations.