Applying for SBIR Phase 0
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The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) is a $2.2 billion federal research and development program that funds small businesses to develop new technologies and innovations of critical need to the U.S.
The SBIR program provides awards in two Phases. In Phase I, the small business proves feasibility over a six-month project period for a typical award of $70,000 to $100,000. In Phase II, the small business often develops a working prototype to continue the Phase I work. Typical Phase II awards are $400,000 to $1 million. Phase III is commercialization of the SBIR project and funded by agencies or investors outside of the SBIR program.
Hawaii-based companies new to SBIR can apply for funds from HTDC’s Hawaii SBIR Phase 0 Grant program. The grant provides up to $3,000 to companies submitting a competitive Phase I SBIR application. The purpose of the Phase 0 Grant is to assist applicants strengthen their proposal, e.g. through professional grant writing assistance. This grant is open to Hawaii companies who have:
a) Submitted fewer than three SBIR applications and b) demonstrate financial need.
In making any award, the HTDC evaluation committee will analyze each funding request to determine whether the project to be undertaken will be economically viable and beneficial to the State.
HTDC will review each application and inform contact person on status. If successful, payment of up to U.S. $3,000.00 will be made to company upon proof of SBIR/STTR Phase I proposal submission to federal agency. Company must comply with Hawaii Compliance Express. Company must also complete a future survey as an INNOVATE Hawaii client.
Application Instructions:
Please complete application form AF-1 (
click here to download PDF). Attach supplemental materials to support/justify the grant request. A copy of the solicitation and draft proposal is recommended. Submit the Phase 0 application to HTDC prior or within 15 days after submitting the Phase 1 proposal.
Please contact HTDC for additional assistance:
Evaluation Criteria:
All items on the checklist should be checked off with sufficient documentation. All questions will be evaluated by the HTDC evaluation committee on a simple point scale. 1 = poor, 2 = good, 3 = excellent. Qualified applicants should score 2 or more on all questions. The highest rated applicants will be awarded (as budget allows).


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