About AFRL – Air Force Research Laboratory

Lead. Discover. Develop. Deliver.

AFRL is the Air Force's only organization completely dedicated to leading the discovery, development, and integration of warfighting technologies for our air, space and cyberspace forces. We trace our roots to the vision of airpower pioneers who understood science as the key to air supremacy. The passionate commitment of AFRL to realize this vision has helped to create the world's best air, space and cyberspace force.
"We fight today's fight and envision and create the future Air Force."
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Our Mission

Harnessing the creative energy of competitors from every discipline, the AFRL Challenge strives to make a reality that which is seen as mere science fiction.

What is the AFRL Challenge?

The United States Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Challenge seeks breakthroughs in military operations and capabilities through goal-oriented competitions that attract, inspire and challenge the most brilliant, innovative and practical minds on earth. The best teams of scientists, designers, engineers, students, hobbyists and entrepreneurs will leverage their knowledge, creativity and business networks to serve the nation and introduce the next generation of technology solutions.

Who can participate?

The AFRL Challenge is looking for individuals and teams who believe they have the right combination of creativity, ingenuity and determination to introduce the concepts and technologies of the future. The philosophy is simple: the Air Force recognizes that people are naturally inspired by competition, and great ideas aren't limited to specific corporations or organizations or bounded by geographic locations. They come from individuals all over the world, who are passionate about an idea and have the vision and resources to see it to fruition.

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." – Margaret Mead

Never worked with the government?

You may have heard stories of how the documentation and processes for approval can be overwhelming. If you like a challenge and are creative enough to introduce the technologies of our future, we'll cut the red tape. AFRL welcomes outside teams and organizations with fresh perspectives who have no or limited or experience working with the government. There are contract specialists available to help make the process as simple as possible.