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Highlight Receives Direct-to-Phase II SBIR Grant to support the United States Air Force Research Laboratory and AFWERX

  • Highlight News
  • February 28, 2024

Fairfax, VA – Highlight announces it has been selected by AFWERX for a SBIR Direct-to-Phase II contract in the amount of over $1 million dollars focused on developing the pilot program for access to applications and data on mobile devices at the Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) level to address the most pressing challenges in the Department of the Air Force (DAF). The Air Force Research Laboratory and AFWERX have partnered to streamline the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) process by accelerating the small business experience through faster proposal to award timelines, changing the pool of potential applicants by expanding opportunities to small business and eliminating bureaucratic overhead by continually implementing process improvement changes in contract execution. The DAF began offering the Open Topic SBIR/STTR program in 2018, which expanded the range of innovations the DAF funded. As of February 10th, Highlight has started its journey to create and provide innovative capabilities that will strengthen the national defense of the United States of America.

“We are very excited to continue our work with the US Air Force and our partner Hypori, providing solutions that remove digital obstacles from our warfighters. We look forward to extending the lessons learned from the successful BYOD pilot within the US Army Airmen with easier access to their networks, data, and applications,” said Kevin Long, Vice President of Highlight’s National Security Solutions group.

“The views expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the Department of the Air Force, the Department of Defense, or the U.S. government.”

About Highlight

Highlight Technologies (“Highlight”) is an award-winning, 100% employee-owned Application Development, Business & Mission Operations, Data and Analytics, Hybrid Cloud and Automation, Cybersecurity, and IT Services to over 20 U.S. federal government customers. Our customers include National Security (DHS, Army, Air Force), Health (NIH, HHS), and Citizen Services (SBA, USAID,

About AFRL
The Air Force Research Laboratory is the primary scientific research and development center for the Department of the Air Force. AFRL plays an integral role in leading the discovery, development, and integration of affordable warfighting technologies for our air, space and cyberspace force. With a workforce of more than 12,500 across nine technology areas and 40 other operations across the globe, AFRL provides a diverse portfolio of science and technology ranging from fundamental to advanced research and technology development. For more information, visit

As the innovation arm of the DAF and a directorate within the Air Force Research Laboratory, AFWERX brings cutting-edge American ingenuity from small businesses and start-ups to address the most pressing challenges of the DAF. AFWERX employs approximately 370 military, civilian and contractor personnel at five hubs and sites executing an annual $1.4 billion budget. Since 2019, AFWERX has executed 6,028 new contracts worth more than $4 billion to strengthen the U.S. defense industrial base and drive faster technology transition to operational capability. For more information, visit: