SBIR/STTR “Phase 0” Pilot Program
SBIR/STTR “Phase 0” Pilot Program Detail
The SBIR/STTR “Phase 0” Pilot Program is being implemented through a partnership
between Enterprise Florida, Inc., and participating technology incubators, university
technology transfer offices, economic development organizations, and small business
development centers. It is intended to help Florida companies increase their chances
of submitting a successful Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) or Small
Business Technology Transfer (STTR) proposal.
Eligibility Criteria (in addition to SBIR/STTR criteria)
A company that:
Is a client of a participating Florida technology incubator, university technology transfer office, economic
development organization, or small business development center, or
Is recommended by a partner serving as the point of contact for a Florida county, and
Intends to submit a proposal for a specific SBIR or STTR solicitation,
Has not received a Phase I award in the past five (5) years,
Has not submitted more than one (1) other application for this program in the last 12 months.
Duration of Pilot Program
The pilot project will continue until available funds are depleted – it is anticipated that funding will be
available at least through December 2007. Applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.
Maximum Award Amount
Up to $3,000, depending on initial award amount and documentation of eligible expenses.
A non-refundable application fee of $250 is required from participating companies. Participants will receive
results of the Technology Fit/Innovativeness Assessment (see below) even if they do not receive a grant.
Consulting fees supporting technology development, commercialization strategies or proposal review.
Other professional fees (e.g. legal, accounting) directly related to the proposal.
Services of a professional for writing, word processing, proofreading and/or editing.
Travel expenses incurred to visit the federal agency or laboratory potentially sponsoring the technology, or
to attend regional or national SBIR/STTR conferences.
Reproduction of the proposal and preparation materials.
Other out-of-pocket costs directly related to preparing the proposal, including fees for market studies or
technical database research.
NOTE: The following are not allowable expenses: employee salaries, expenses incurred prior to execution of
a contract with Enterprise Florida, Inc., and expenses incurred following the submission of the SBIR or STTR
Technology Fit/Innovativeness Assessment
The Lytmos Group, LLC, as contractor for this program, provides independent evaluations of
SBIR and STTR proposal concepts. Evaluations include analyses of the fit of the project to
the solicitation, its scope, and an assessment of the technical innovation. The reviews are
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SBIR/STTR “Phase 0” Pilot Program
very similar to what happens in the proposal application process at the federal level.
Payment: Two Installments
One-half of the award will be paid upon execution of a contract with Enterprise Florida.
The remainder of the award will be paid upon documentation of proposal delivery prior to the federal due
date, along with documentation of sufficient allowable expenses.
NOTE: A company that receives an installment payment but fails to submit a proposal will be barred from
participation in any continuation or successor Phase 0 program for a period of five (5) years. If there are
extenuating circumstances, the Steering Committee will have sole discretion to waive this provision.
Pilot Program Steering Committee
The pilot program is guided by a Steering Committee that:
Determines program policy, and
Serves as the Proposal Review Committee.
Note: Since this program is a pilot program, the Steering Committee may amend program guidelines at any
point during the course of the program.
Phase 0 Grant Process
Application Applicant company submits an application, accompanied by
the participation fee and the participating partner
organization submits a recommendation at least five (5)
weeks prior to the solicitation’s closing date.
Assessment Intake information for the Technology Fit/Innovativeness
Assessment performed by Lytmos Group LLC. must be
completed at least four (4) weeks prior to the solicitation’s
closing date. Lytmos will complete the evaluation within
an average of five (5) working days.
Award Vote Steering Committee votes on awarding Phase 0 grant within
an average of five (5) working days of completion of the
Contract An approved company submits a budget, budget narrative,
and timetable, and executes a grant contract with Enterprise
First Award Upon execution of the contract, Enterprise Florida will issue a
check for the first grant installment.
Final Award Company submits documentation of proposal submission
and allowable expenses to Enterprise Florida and receives
final grant installment.
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