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Funding For SBIR Proposals

National -- Looking for some seed captial to help you put together a competitive proposal before applying for a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant? A number of states now offer small sums of money called Phase Zero grants that do just that.

Funded by the National Science Foundation under the auspices of the Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research, Phase Zero SBIR grants are currently available in Maine, North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont and Wyoming. A number of other states are considering similar funding programs to help small businesses gain a competitive edge.

Following is a list of the Phase Zero programs. Applicants must be local business owners or university researchers who meet SBIR program elegibility requirements: the business must be for-profit, and a U.S. citizen must have a majority ownership share (51 percent or more) in the business. The project should also have a strong possibility of winning SBIR funding.

MAINE
Amount awarded:
up to $5,000
Deadlines: quarterly on January 15, April 15, July 15 and October 15
How to apply: Contact David Patch at (207) 621-6350.

NORTH DAKOTA
Amount awarded:
$2,000 to $5,000
Deadline: Call for deadline information.
How to apply: Call Eric Johnson at (707) 777-3970.

SOUTH DAKOTA
Amount awarded:
up to $2,000
Deadline: Call for deadline information.
How to apply: Contact Mel Ustad at (605) 256-5555.

VERMONT
Amount awarded:
up to $5,000
Deadline: Call for deadline information.
How to apply: Contact Janet Franz at (802) 656-7969.

WYOMING
Amount awarded:
up to $10,000
Deadline: Applications are accepted year-round; there is a one-week approval time.
How to apply: Contact the Wyoming Business Council at (307) 766-6798.

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