Improving Installation Resilience Amid COVID-19

Help us create pandemic resilient Air Force bases that can withstand natural disasters and supply shortages with minimal loss to power, structure, and operations.



Air Force bases across the nation are stepping up their efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19. Clinics and screening locations, contactless medication pickups at pharmacies, and telehealth consultations are rapidly emerging on and off base to treat and test patients. Quick action and incredible collaborations are also occurring, such as the Wright-Patterson AFB physicians, who are partnering with the medical community of Dayton, Ohio, to coordinate a new drug protocol for COVID-19 patients. During this period of unprecedented change and disruption, continuing to support the Air Force’s innovation ecosystem is more important now than ever.

AFWERX Challenge needs your solutions to help Air Force installations counter COVID-19 and better prepare for future crises of this magnitude. The Installation Resilience Challenge, one of five challenges comprising AFWERX’s Base of the Future initiative, aims to create robust and resilient Air Force bases that can withstand all types of disastrous events ranging from adverse weather conditions to pandemics. In light of COVID-19, we are seeking solutions that will help raise awareness of how to deal with the spread of contagious diseases on Air Force bases and in the surrounding communities. There is a growing need on our bases to continue assessing and rapidly responding to the challenges presented by the current global outbreak.

In addition to solutions to health-related crises, we are also looking for solutions that involve predictive analytics, improved alerting capabilities for first-responders, technologies to defeat and mitigate risk, and effective methods to protect the welfare of citizens. We are seeking responsive, resourceful best practices to create and implement plans to keep our Airmen and their families safe, ensure mission success, and develop a pandemic resilient base. We encourage you to share your innovative solutions and join us to help our bases combat COVID-19. Submissions are open until May 18th, 2020.

What's in it for you?

By getting involved, you can potentially help save lives and improve the Air Force’s ability to respond to outbreaks in the long term. Furthermore, USAF and AFWERX possess innovation funding to allocate towards exploring viable solutions and partnerships to strengthen the Air Force. USAF has prototype funding available for individuals or companies who propose solutions to this specific challenge. Expert evaluators will carefully examine compelling challenge solutions presented within this crowdsourcing platform, and the best solutions could lead to additional prototyping, R&D, and production contracts to be granted after the initial award.