Air Force Research Laboratory $1M Synthetic Biology Challenge

June 17, 2020 — The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) and the Wright Brothers Institute are partnering together to sponsor the second of three $1 million Air Force Challenges. AFRL has been researching the viability of improving performance in composite materials using synthetic biology, and this challenge is intended to identify the best approaches for biosynthesizing a high-energy endothermic fuel. The partnership seeks to engage highly-skilled researchers to enable serious advancements in the field of bio-based fuels. The following are the important dates to note regarding the Challenge:
Official post on DIN network- May 20th, 2020
Kickoff Q&A with sponsors- May 27th, 2020
Window for White paper submissions- May 20th – July 20th 2020
White Paper Selection- August 7th, 2020
Phase 2 of Challenge 2 Team Formation- August 7th – 24th 2020
Pitch Day- August 25th, 2020
Award and build of test materials- August 31st, 2020 – August 31st, 2021

More information about this Challenge can be found here and further questions can be directed to

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