xTechSearch 3

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Total Money Offered: $2.29 million
Challenge Topic: Open topic; Army modernization
Submission Dates: April 30, 2019 — June 13, 2019
Winner Announced: September 11, 2020
Who Can Submit: United States, small businesses


TRX Systems, Inc.
Dismount GPS-Denied and NAVWAR Threat Detection
Focus Area: Assured Position, Navigation, and Timing
Anti-Rotational Technologies Inc.
SALUS Stabilizing Aerial Loads Utility System
Focus Area: Aeromedical Evacuation
Cayuga Biotech, Inc.
NanostasisTMIV Therapy to Treat Battlefield Hemorrhage
Focus Area: Medical Technologies
ElectroNucleics, Inc.
Point-of-Care Pathogen Detection in Minutes
Focus Area: Medical Technologies
GhostWave, Inc.
Counter UAS Clandestine Perimeter Monitoring with RF Noise Radar
Focus Area: Air and Missile Defense; Soldier Lethality
Knight Technical Solutions, LLC
Fixed Displacement Turbine FDT
Focus Area: Power and Energy
LiquidPiston, Inc.
High Efficiency Auxiliary Power LEAP Unit
Focus Area: Power and Energy
Merciless Motors
New and Improved Electric Motor Technology
Focus Area: Power and Energy
TRX Systems, Inc.
Compact Sensor for HF Signal Collection and DF
Focus Area: Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance
Syncopated Engineering, Inc.
Mocking Bird RF Decoy
Focus Area: Electronic Warfare; Command, Control, and Communications
Tex Power, Inc.
Next Generation Lithium Ion Batteries for Portable Military Applications
Focus Area: Power and Energy; Battery Technology
XOnano Smartfoam
The Next Step in Injury Prevention: Field-Capable GRF Measurement Systems
Focus Area: Medical Technologies; Soldier Lethality


The Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology (ASA(ALT)) is announcing the third cohort of the Army xTechSearch prize competition. 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;
  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.

Schedules and Prizes


April 30 - June 12, 2019

Up to 50 winners


A concept white paper outlining their knowledge, skills, capabilities and approach for this challenge. Each concept white paper will be reviewed by a panel of Army subject matter experts.

August 2019

Up to 24 winners


Phase II: Technology Pitches: An in-person venture-capital style pitch to a panel of Army subject matter experts at locations across the United States. Small businesses will pitch their technology concept and team ability. The format will be a 15-minute pitch followed by 10 minutes for questions and answers.

October 14-16, 2019

Up to 12 winners


An elevator pitch to a panel of Army subject matter experts at their exhibit space to summarize their Phase II Pitch on their technology concept, their team’s ability, and a 6-month plan to conduct a live proof-of-concept demonstration if they were to proceed to Phase IV. The format will be a 5-minute pitch followed by 10 minutes for questions and answers.

September 9-11, 2020

Up to 12 winners

1st Place: $250,000

All others: $10,000/winner
A Proof-of-Concept Demonstration for their technology solution to a panel of Army subject matter experts at a virtual event.


The entities allowed to participate in this competition must be sole proprietors or small business concerns in accordance with Small Business Administration guidance under 13 Code of Federal Regulations § 121.201, or any entity willing and able to be registered as a small business if selected to participate in this competition.

Each eligible entity:

  • Shall be incorporated in, and maintain, a primary place of business in the United States;
  • May not be a Federal entity or employ a Federal employee acting within the scope of their employment

Sole proprietors may participate in xTechSearch if the individual is a citizen or national of the U.S. or a lawful permanent resident of the U.S. and the business is registered in 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 competition are eligible to participate for new technology concepts or improvements to prior submitted proposals.

Judging Criteria

Submissions will be evaluated by a panel of Army science and technology ecosystem including Warfighter, acquisition, and research and development subject matter experts.

Part 1: Concept White Paper

Concept White Papers will be ranked using the following Scoring Criteria:

  • Potential for Impact/Revolutionizing the Army – 45%
  • Scientific and Engineering Viability – 45%
  • Proposal Quality – 10%

Part 2: Technology Pitches

Technology Pitches will be evaluated and ranked using the following Scoring Criteria:

  • Potential for Impact/Revolutionizing the Army - 40%
  • Scientific and Engineering Viability - 40%
  • Team Ability - 10%
  • Presentation Quality - 10%


AUSA Innovators’ Corner Pitches will be ranked using the following Scoring Criteria:

  • Part 2 Results – 70%
  • Proof-of-Concept Demonstration Plan – 20%
  • Elevator Pitch – 10%


Capstone Demonstrations will be ranked using the following Scoring Criteria:

  • Potential for Impact/Revolutionizing the Army – 30%
  • Scientific and Engineering Viability - 30%
  • Team Ability – 10%
  • Demonstration Execution - 20%
  • Presentation Quality – 10%

How to Enter

The xTechSearch program is voluntary and open to all entities that meet the eligibility requirements. There may be only one submission per eligible entity. The registration information and upload submission must be received by 11:59 PM PST on June 12, 2019. Submissions received after the deadline will not be considered.

The Phase I submission must be a concept white paper, submitted using the template found on the registration page. Any proposals submitted in a format other than that provided by the template will not be reviewed. Please name your submission file using your company’s name (i.e. ACME.pdf). All submissions must be made at the registration site above and identify one or more Army Focus Areas that the technology supports.

All xTech 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.

Written feedback will be provided to all participants at the end of each phase. The purpose of providing this feedback is to provide insight on the Government’s application of the scoring criteria. However, the Government will not respond to questions or inquiries regarding this feedback.

While the authority of this program is 15 USC §3719, a concept white paper submitted to the xTechSearch program may generate interest by another Army organization for a funding opportunity outside of this program (e.g., submission of a proposal under a Broad Agency Announcement). The interested Army organization may contact the participant to provide additional information.


Registered participants shall be required to assume any and all risks and waive claims against the Federal Government and its related entities, except in the case of willful misconduct, for any injury, death, damage, or loss of property, revenue, or profits, whether direct, indirect, or consequential, arising from their participation in this prize competition, whether the injury, death, damage, or loss arises through negligence or otherwise.

Participants shall be required to obtain liability insurance or demonstrate financial responsibility, in amounts determined by the Army, for claims by—

  • Third parties for death, bodily injury, or property damage, or loss resulting from an activity carried out in connection with participation in this prize competition, with the Federal Government named as an additional insured under the registered participant’s insurance policy and registered participants agreeing to indemnify the Federal Government against third party claims for damages arising from or related to prize competition activities; and
  • Federal Government for damage or loss to Government property resulting from such an activity.

Intellectual property

The Army is a strong proponent of deliberate intellectual property (IP) rights and management by the private sector and the Department of Defense. For the xTechSearch program:

  • The Federal Government may not gain an interest in IP developed by a participant without the written consent of the participant;
  • Nothing in this xTechSearch prize competition shall diminish the Government’s rights in patents, technical data, technical information, computer software, computer databases, and computer software documentation that the Government had prior to this xTechSearch prize competition, or is entitled to, under any other Government Agreement or contract, or is otherwise entitled to under law; and
  • The Federal Government may negotiate a license for the use of IP developed by a registered participant in the prize competition.


Dr. Matt Willis and Mr. Daniel Coffman


Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army, Research and Technology

2800 Crystal Drive, Arlington, VA 22202

Email: usarmy.pentagon.hqda-asa-alt.mbx.xtechsearch@mail.mil