What is APFIT

The Accelerate the Procurement and Fielding of Innovative Technologies (APFIT) is a pilot program, started in Fiscal Year 2022, to provide procurement funding for innovative projects that have completed development and are ready to transition into operational use.

Funding amounts of $10M-$50M are awarded to projects with small business or non-traditional performers to accelerate initial production and reduce the overall procurement timeline. The Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research & Engineering, OUSD(R&E), conducts a competitive down-select process each year using evaluation criteria including impact to the warfighter, sustainment support, and applicability to the broader DoD.

Projects are awarded in coordination with a Service, Combatant Command, Defense Agency, or other organization and have included everything from procurement of undersea sensors to the manufacture and launch of satellites.

Does my program qualify for APFIT funding?

RDT&E complete and DoD is interested in procuring

Small business or nontraditional defense contractor

$10M-$50M could be used to accelerate procurement

Project is endorsed by an APFIT-designated Submitting Organization

Submitting Organizations


Services Combatant Commands Agencies

Defense Health Agency

Defense Intelligence Agency

Defense Logistics Agency

Defense Threat Reduction Agency

Missile Defense Agency

National Geospatial Intelligence Agency

National Reconnaissance Office

Space Development Agency

Other Organizations


Strategic Capabilities Office

Defense Innovation Unit






APFIT Funding Timeline

Selection process is conducted once per year.

APFIT Selection Process

  1. Submitting organizations collect projects internally
  2. Submitting organizations prioritize projects and send top selections to
  3. OUSD(R&E) conducts a review with services and the Joint Staff
  4. Final selections are announced


Reach out to the APFIT team for current year deadlines: osd.apfit@mail.mil



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