Gray Matters Awarded SBIR Contract with Air Force

Contract will explore the use of Maverix® to alleviate DAF supply chain issues

ANNAPOLIS, MD, May 15, 2023 – Gray Matters, Inc. (GMI) announces it has been selected by AFWERX for a SBIR Phase I focused on investigating the potential of Maverix to fill capability gaps 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 a faster proposal to award timelines, changing the pool of potential applicants by expanding opportunities to small business and losing 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 and now on April 28, 2023, Gray Matters will start its journey to create and provide innovative capabilities that will strengthen the national defense of the United States of America.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with AFWERX to create value for the Air Force through our Maverix platform,” said Jamie Benoit, CEO of Gray Matters. “We believe that there is a huge opportunity to leverage Artificial Intelligence and IoT in order for Air Force supply chain owners to make smarter decisions regarding things like inventory management and predictive maintenance.” 

About Gray Matters

Gray Matters Inc. (GMI) is a small technology start-up focused on delivering SaaS-based supply chain management solutions that are powered by blockchain, to federal and commercial customers. Initially developed to secure a complex international supply chain for a global U.S. Government national security organization, the technology helps customers gain unprecedented levels of accountability, auditability, and predictability from their data while giving insights to their partners and suppliers through a controlled, distributed ledger that is immutable and can be trusted by all parties. Their Maverix® platform is unmatched in the industry for its ease of use, end-to-end visibility, blockchain-enabled data transparency and integrity, and high level of security, including post-quantum resistant encryption. Learn more at

About AFRL

Sole organization leading the planning & execution of USAF & USSF science & technology programs. Orchestrates a world-wide government, industry & academia coalition in the discovery, development & delivery of a wide range of revolutionary technology.  Provides leading-edge warfighting capabilities keeping air, space and cyberspace forces the world’s best. Employs 10,800 military, civilian, and contractor personnel at 17 research sites executing an annual $4B budget. For more information, visit:


AFWERX is an Air Force Research Laboratory Directorate that connects innovators across government, industry and academia. Through innovation and collaboration with our nation’s top subject-matter experts, AFWERX harnesses the power of ingenuity of internal talent while expanding technology, talent and transition partnerships for rapid and affordable commercial and military capability. Additional information is available at:

About AFVentures

AFVentures invests in emerging technologies to scale Department of the Air Force capabilities, strengthening the US industrial base that empowers Airmen and Guardians by incentivizing private, for-profit investment in national security interests. Our success is achieved by connecting novel commercial solutions with defense problem sets, de-risking Airmen and Guardian initiatives to fill capability gaps and transition technologies. Learn more at

For More Information Contact:

Heather Tortorelli

Gray Matters, Chief Growth Officer

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