xTechSearch -

Expeditionary Technology Search

The Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology (ASA(ALT)) is announcing the third cohort of the Army Expeditionary Technology Search – xTechSearch – to be featured at the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) Annual Meeting in Washington, DC, on 14 to 16 October 2019. xTechSearch will highlight opportunities for small businesses to collaborate with the Army to tackle the most critical Army modernization challenges.

The ASA(ALT) recognizes that the Army must enhance engagements with the entrepreneurial funded community, small businesses, and other non-traditional defense entities, by: (1) understanding the spectrum of technologies being developed commercially that may benefit the Army; (2) integrating the sector of non-traditional defense entities into the Army’s Science and Technology (S&T) ecosystem; and (3) providing mentorship and expertise to accelerate, mature, and transition technologies of interest to the Army.

The xTechSearch program will provide resourcing to select small businesses to demonstrate proof of concept for their technologies pertaining to Army challenges. The program will also integrate these small businesses into the Army’s S&T ecosystem by providing research opportunities with Army labs, including access to the Army’s organic intellectual and technical capital. xTechSearch is an opportunity for businesses to pitch novel technology solutions – a new application for an existing technology or a new technology concept entirely – to the Army. The Army will provide non-dilutive seed prizes for the small businesses to demonstrate proof of concept in an Army-relevant challenge area.

The authority of this program is 15 United States Code (USC) §3719.

Prize & Incentives

Prizes will be offered under 15 USC §3719 (Prize competitions).  The total prize pool is $2.29 M.


Number of Winners


Phase I. Concept White Paper

Up to 50

Selection for Phase II

Phase II. xTechSearch Technology Pitches

Up to 24

Selection for Phase III

Phase III. Innovators’ Corner

Up to 12

Selection for Phase IV

Phase IV. xTechSearch Capstone Demonstration

Up to 12

1st Place: $250,000
2nd-12th Place: $10,000







30 April 2019

Solicitation period opens.

12 June 2019
Midnight Pacific Time

Solicitation period closes.

15 July 2019

Phase II Selection Announcements

05 August 2019 to
15 August 2019

Phase II Technology Pitches
6-7 August 2019 - Frederick, MD
13-14 August 2019 - Chicago, IL
14-15 August 2019 - Burlington, MA

19 August 2019

Phase III Selection Announcements

14 to 16 October 2019

Phase III – AUSA Annual Meeting, Washington, DC

16 October 2019

Phase IV Selection Announcements

17 to 19 March 2020

Phase IV Capstone – AUSA Global Force meeting, Huntsville, AL