Deadline approaches to submit proposals for Army's xTechSearch 3.0 competition

By CCDC Army Research Laboratory Public AffairsJune 6, 2019

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The Army Expeditionary Technology Search, or xTechSearch, mirrors entrepreneurial pitch competitions where aspiring entrepreneurs make innovative proposals to panels of investors, who then choose whether or not to invest as business partners. xTechSe... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL

WASHINGTON -- The submission deadline to compete in the U.S. Army's third Expeditionary Technology Search, or xTechSearch 3.0, is June 13.

The Army held its first and second competitions in 2018 and due to its successful outcomes is continuing its efforts to find the best technologies from small businesses and start-ups to incorporate into Army technologies.

Phase I of xTechSearch 3.0, which is the concept white paper component, provides an opportunity for the non-defense traditional small business sector to submit white papers detailing novel game-changing innovations and technology solutions for Army leadership.

This phase invites all eligible entities to submit 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. Up to 50 small businesses with the highest ranking white papers will receive a prize of $5,000 and a written invitation to phase II of the xTechSearch technology pitches.

During phase II of the competition, up to 24 winners will receive $10,000 each and be selected for phase III, which includes demonstrations at the Association of the U.S. Army's annual meeting to be held in October in Washington, D.C.

With a total prize pool of $2.29 million, xTechSearch 3.0 seeks novel, disruptive concepts and technologies to advance capabilities across multiple technology areas to include Long-Range Precision Fires, Next Generation Combat Vehicle, Future Vertical Lift, The Army Network, Air and Missile Defense, Increasing Soldier Lethality, Medical Technologies and Military Engineering Technologies.

All submissions must be received by June 13 via the portal at no later than 2:59 a.m. (Eastern Standard Time).

Additional information on the xTechSearch competition is also available on its website (see Related Links below).


The Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Acquisition, Logistics & Technology) provides the American Soldier with a decisive advantage in any mission by developing, acquiring, fielding, and sustaining the world's finest equipment and services; and by leveraging technologies and capabilities to meet current and future Army needs.

The CCDC Army Research Laboratory (ARL) is an element of the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command. As the Army's corporate research laboratory, ARL discovers, innovates and transitions science and technology to ensure dominant strategic land power. Through collaboration across the command's core technical competencies, CCDC leads in the discovery, development and delivery of the technology-based capabilities required to make Soldiers more lethal to win our Nation's wars and come home safely. CCDC is a major subordinate command of the U.S. Army Futures Command.

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