Alabama Launchpad’s Phase 0 program provides Alabama-based, early stage technology companies and SBIR/STTR winners with the tools and technical assistance needed to commercialize their innovation, grow their business and create quality jobs. The Phase 0 program is designed to give Phase I and Phase II proposals a greater rate of success by providing expert review and financial support.
Different areas of Phase 0 support include:
- Financial Assistance to fund preliminary data
- Commercialization Assessment
- Technical Writing Assistance
- Compliance Accounting Standards for SBIR/STTR Awards
REQUIREMENTS & INSTRUCTIONS
Applicant must complete the application process through Alabama Launchpad’s SBIR/STTR Assistance Program.
Phase 0 Support Grant Requirements:
- Applicant must be an Alabama Company
- Applicant must meet all federal SBIR/STTR program eligibility requirements that are applicable to the relevant federal solicitation
All SBIR/STTR Phase 0 proposals must be assembled in the following sequence:
- Contact Mary Hope Garmon (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Complete Phase 0 Application/Assessment Form
- Pay the $200 application fee
- Pre-approval assessment phone call with BBCetc
- Review by BBCetc and Alabama Launchpad
- Notification of award and award requirements
Award and Reporting Requirements:
Applicants will receive notice of SBIR/STTR Phase 0 award/declination via email. Any and all documentation (required documentation varies on the award sought) requested by Alabama Launchpad must be returned within 21 days of the request or the award will be forfeited.
Award recipients are required to provide Alabama Launchpad with project data for evaluation and reporting purposes. Further instructions for the preparation and submission of progress reports will be sent to the awardee within 30 days after the expiration of the award.
The Economic Development Partnership of Alabama Foundation reserves the right to prioritize funds to companies with less than $3,000,000 in Phase I and $5,000,000 in Phase II.
Failure to provide any requested materials for award or evaluation purposes will constitute default under this program. In such cases, Alabama Launchpad reserves the right to recover all previously expended funds issued under the related SBIR/STTR Phase 0 Award and the right to refuse any future SBIR/STTR Phase 0 proposals for consideration of funding.
Requirements for Accounting Compliance Awards
Applicant must be SBIR/STTR Phase I or Phase II award winner (notice of award proof must be provided).
Applicants must schedule an initial meeting with their preferred vendor of choice (see list of vendors) no later than 30 days after receiving the notification of the Phase 0 award. The determined accounting services must be completed within 90 days of the agreed upon start date based on the letter of acknowledgement.
The Phase 0 program will not cover additional costs outside of the determined services. A copy of the invoice to be reimbursed must be submitted to ALP, as a precondition to receiving the Phase 0 award funds. Applicants must notify Alabama Launchpad of award or decline of their Phase 0 award. Businesses can only receive Phase 0 funding once within the calendar year.
Requirements for Writing Assistance, Commercialization Assessments, and Preliminary Data
Requests for Phase 0 funding must describe how the award will be used to stimulate the development of a competitive federal SBIR/STTR proposal.
All proposals that meet the eligibility requirements and guidelines will be evaluated based upon the extent to which they meet specific criteria, including:
- Significance and technical merit of the proposed innovation;
- Potential for the described technology and commercialization in light of competing and/or complementary technologies; and
- Reasonableness of budget request and explanation.
Proposals will undergo external review.
One-on-one assistance (writing assistance) shall be provided at a rate of $200 per hour, with the first 5 hours ($1,000) paid in advance. EDPA and the SBIR applicant will enter into a written contract by which EDPA will pay the initial $1,000 deposit, and such client and EDPA shall bear any expenses that exceed the $1,000 deposit equally. BBCetc will structure the invoice such that EDPA will pay the first $1,000 deposit, and EDPA and the SBIR applicant will split the remaining expenses equally.