xTechSearch 4

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Total Money Offered: $2.28 million
Challenge Topic: Open topic; Army modernization
Submission Dates: October 1, 2019 — November 12, 2019
Winner Announced: October 15, 2020
Who Can Submit: United States, small businesses


Vita Inclinata Technologies
Next Generation Autonomous Hoist Rescue Stabilization Systems
Focus Area: Aeromedical Evacuation
Bounce Imaging
Bounce Recce 360 - Thermal Integration
Focus Area: Situational Awareness
Inductive Ventures
Magnetic Braking and Electric Taxi for Helicopters
Focus Area: Future Vertical Lift; Engineering
KeriCure, Inc.
Deployable Wound Care Products-Mitigating Infection
Focus Area: Medical Technologies
MEI Micro, Inc.
Tactical/Navigation Grade MEMs IMU Technology Platform
Focus Area: Position, Navigation, and Timing
Novaa, Ltd.
Next Generation SATCOM
Focus Area: Command, Control, and Communications
Gene Capture, Inc.
Rapid Portable Infection Detection
Focus Area: Medical Technologies
IoT/AI, Inc.
Edge as a Service – Radio+Analytics for Internet and Battlefield Things
Focus Area: Command, Control, and Communications
Lynq Technologies, Inc.
Personnel and Asset Locator
Focus Area: Tracking and Locating
Multiscale Systems, Inc.
Protect the Protectors with Lighter and Stronger MetaCORE Materials
Focus Area: Protection; Engineering


The Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology (ASA(ALT)) is announcing the fourth cohort of 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 small businesses, by:

  1. Understanding the spectrum of technologies being developed commercially that may benefit the Army;
  2. Integrating the sector of small business innovators 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 Army xTechSearch program will provide non-dilutive seed prizes to select small businesses to demonstrate proof of concept of their dual-use technologies pertaining to Army challenges.  The program will also drive to integrate these small businesses into the Army’s S&T ecosystem by providing research opportunities with Army labs, including authorized access to the Army’s organic intellectual and technical capital.  Participating companies will have access to training, mentorship and other support infrastructure as they progress through the contest. The goal will be to best align solutions with real users and buyers within the Army.  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 authority of this program is 15 United States Code (USC) §3719. 

Schedules and Prizes


October 1 - November 11, 2019

Up to 48 winners


A concept white paper outlining their technology, the potential impact on the Army, the scientific viability of their approach, and the dual-use technology applications for both the commercial and defense space. Each concept white paper will be reviewed by an Army panel from the Army S&T ecosystem including Warfighter, acquisition, and research and development subject matter experts.

January 6-22, 2020

Up to 24 winners


An in-person pitch to a panel of Army subject matter experts at locations across the United States. Participants will pitch their technology concept in greater detail including the potential impact on the Army, the scientific viability of their approach and the dual-use technology applications for both the commercial and defense space to a panel of Army subject matter experts. Each participant will have 15 minutes to pitch, followed by 10 minutes for questions and answers with the Army panel.

March 17-18, 2020

Up to 12 winners


A venture capital-style pitch discussing their business plan, product development plan, the results of any customer discovery with the Army and commercial users, and what they would present at a live proof-of-concept demonstration if they were to proceed to Phase IV.

October 12-14, 2020

Up to 12 winners

1st place $250,000

All others: $10,000/winner
A Proof-of-Concept Demonstration and transition plan presentation to a panel of Army subject matter experts at the 2020 AUSA Annual Meeting.


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 evaluated and ranked using the following Scoring Criteria:

  • Potential for Impact/Revolutionizing the Army – 35%
  • Scientific and Engineering Viability – 35%
  • Dual Use – 20%
  • 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 - 30%
  • Scientific and Engineering Viability - 30%
  • Dual Use - 20%
  • Team Ability - 10%
  • Presentation Quality - 10%

Judging criteria for the semifinals and finals will be sent out to participants invited to those rounds.

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 November 11, 2019.  Submissions received after the deadline will not be considered. 

The Phase I submission is a concept white paper.  Please adhere to the following requirements: 

  • All concept white papers must be submitted using the template found on the registration page, “xTechSearch_4-0_Phase_1_Template.doc”.  Any proposals submitted in a format other than that provided by the template will not be reviewed.   
  • Download the word template, save the completed file as a PDF document and replace “Template” in the files name with your company name.  Please DO NOT add any other annotations such as v1, DDMMYYY, etc.  We would like these file names to be clean for when we share your white paper with other Government organizations.  
  • All submissions must identify 1 of the Army Focus Areas listed on the registration page that the technology can best support. 

All xTechSearch 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. 



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

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

Website:  https://www.xtechsearch.army.mil