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SBIR Phase (0) Awards

Vermont EPSCoR provides the opportunity  for Vermont small businesses to compete for grants to foster research and development projects which will lead to application to federal Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) programs.  The main goal of the Vermont ESPCoR Phase (0) solicitation is to identify proposals that show promise for success in federal SBIR competitions and that would benefit from financial support and reviewer comments.


The following features in this solicitation should be noted:
Program Overview:
  • Each proposal should identify at least one federal SBIR program to which the work is targeted.
  • Business must be registered in Vermont
  • One award will also be made in areas of interest to NASA using NASA-EPSCoR funds. To show that an area is of interest to NASA, the PI should identify their proposed project with a new or continuing NASA research priority or technology need. This can be done by reference to a URL on a NASA website or by including an email of support from a NASA contact. The project has to include a full-time faculty researcher at a Vermont college or university as a collaborator. Only NASA projects carry this requirement.
  • The maximum amount of each grant is $15,000.
  • Multiple year Vermont EPSCoR Innovation Fund (IF) or Phase (0) awardees must take a 1 year break from submission after their third consecutive successful award.
  • Awards contingent upon NSF funding for Vermont EPSCoR.
  • Funding may not be used to support Masters Students’ salaries.