To be eligible for full Phase 0 funding, a Phase 0 Application and a draft SBIR/STTR Phase I proposal must be submitted from Alaska-based companies and projects to the Technology Research and Development Center of Alaska (TREND).

The draft will receive a preliminary review based on SBIR agency criteria to check for compliance, completeness, merit, and potential for SBIR competition. If a draft proposal fails to pass the initial screening, the applicant will be encouraged to address comments, revise, and resubmit. Please contact TREND to review and clarify any information below.

Conditions

Use of Funds

Funds must be used for proposal development. Some examples of allowable expenses include, but are not limited to, organization and analyses of preliminary data, further data collection and feasibility studies, commercialization planning, meetings with collaborators, professional training, literature searches, and technical writing. (richness of thought for further development)

Unallowable expenses include the purchase of equipment, rental or lease fees of office space, food and catering services, and legal fees.

Subject to Adjustments

The review panel may make adjustments and recommendations on the final award amount requested and the scope of work.

Resubmissions

If the applicant is preparing a resubmission of Phase I or II proposal, provide TREND with a copy of the agency reviewer comments or debriefing notes.

Proposal Format

Cover Page

Alaska Phase 0 Proposal Submission Sheet

  • Contact Name
  • Address – City, State, Zip Code
  • Contact phone number
  • Contact email address
  • Principal Investigator (Name and Title of Company PI)
  • Title of project
  • Company Name
  • Company phone number
  • Company email address
  • Funding amount requested
  • Keywords to identify research or technology (8 maximum)
  • Signature of the Principal Investigator (PI)
  • Date
Current SBIR Solicitation
  • SBIR/STTR Agency
  • Closing solicitation date
  • Solicitation topic title and number
  • Program manager contact information
Application Requirements
  • Amount Requested. This is the award amount of the Alaska SBIR Phase 0 grant you are applying for. Phase 0 award amounts are up to $10,000.
  • Start Date. Enter the start date for the proposed Phase 0 activities.
  • Provide the end date for the proposed Phase 0 activities. Changes to this date will require written authorization from TREND on or before this date.
  • The funding requested must have the following documents attached:
    • Explanation of how Phase 0 funding will benefit the Phase I project – Describe the market validation and customer feedback of your innovation
    • Phase I draft proposal
    • Scope of work for Phase 0 activities
    • A line-item budget

More Proposal Info

Attach to the application the cover page, any bids from Phase 0 subcontractors or consultants, and the resume of the Principal Investigator. Also include the draft SBIR proposal.

It is expected that this grant will lead to the submission of an SBIR proposal. Successful applicants must notify the Alaska SBDC and TREND program of your SBIR application submission within 12 months of receiving your grant, or the funds may have to be withdrawn. All information submitted to TREND will be held in strict confidence and will not be released without consent.

Submission Instructions

Your cover letter and all required documents must be uploaded through the Alaska SBDC Client Portal. If you do not have an account on our client portal, you must first create an account.

Once you have an Alaska SBDC client account:

  1. Log in at aksbdc.ecenterdirect.com/login.
  2. Go to “My Information” (left side menu):
    • Make sure the business you are applying for the Phase 0 grant for is listed. If it is not, click on “+ Add a New Company” and complete the required fields.
    • Click on the name of your company to make sure all information is current and correct.
    • Click on “Sign Agreement” to update your digital signature verifying understanding of the Alaska SBDC and confidentiality agreements.
  3. Go to “My Documents” (left side menu):
    • Upload each document directly into your client file.
    If you experience technical difficulties or have questions please email info@aksbdc.org.  Application packets will not be accepted via email; they must be uploaded through the client portal.

SBIR/STTR-Related Webinars and Workshops

We encourage applicants to review the SBIR-related recordings and training we have available. You can view only the SBIR-related trainings in our client portal.

About Proposal Awards

Notification

TREND will notify the company of award status as soon as possible after receiving the application, usually within five working days. Phase 0 award payment is made in full and issued through the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA). An IRS W-9 form will accompany the request for payment.

Budget Deviation

Any deviation from the proposed budget will require written authorization from TREND prior to expenditure. All receipts and invoices must be retained to verify that funds were expended in accordance with the budget set forth in the Phase 0 proposal. Any funds not accounted for or not expended in accordance with the budget must be returned to TREND.

Final Report

A final report to TREND will be required within 30 days of the official submission of the SBIR/STTR proposal. The report must include a copy of the final version submitted, the email or other notification of receipt from the agency, and receipts and invoices accounting for use of funds.