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How to Apply

Learn about our Phase I application timeline, how to prepare your Project Pitch, and what to expect once you submit your Project Pitch or full proposal.

See What is Being Funded

What they are looking for

 

Here’s what they are looking for when determining which companies to fund:
 

  • Transformative: Your innovation could make a difference to people worldwide or revolutionize an industry.

  • High-risk: Your product is based on unproven technology that needs further testing (and funding for that testing).

  • Market pull: You have evidence that your product or service could meet an important, unmet need for your customers.

  • Scale: If you successfully bring your product or service to the market, it could form the foundation for a scalable business and make a large impact in your target market.

Determine Eligibility

 

Make sure your company meets these eligibility requirements

  • Your company must be a small business (fewer than 500 employees) located in the United States.

  • At least 50% of your company’s equity must be owned by U.S. citizens or permanent residents. This Grant does not permit companies that are majority-owned by multiple venture capital firms, private equity firms, or hedge funds. 

  • All funded work needs to take place in the United States (including work done by consultants and contractors).

  • The project’s principal investigator (tech lead) must be legally employed at least 20 hours a week by the company seeking funding. The PI doesn’t need any advanced degrees.

  • The principal investigator needs to commit to at least one month (173 hours) of work on a funded project per six months of project duration.

Preview the Project Pitch

 

Contact us for the pitch information

Startups or entrepreneurs who submit a three-page Project Pitch will know within three weeks if they meet the program’s objectives to support innovative technologies that show promise of commercial and/or societal impact and involve a level of technical risk.

Submit your Project Pitch (required)

 

Submit your Project Pitch using our services to assist ensure the form is completely filled out and is a good fit for this program.


Processing time: Up to three weeks.

Register your company (FREE and required)

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f your company hasn’t worked with the government before, you’ll need to register with these systems. You MUST have completed your registration BEFORE you can begin entering your proposal in FastLane. Start as soon as possible! using BAM Consulting. 

The Typical Timeline

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The following with mark your benchmarks to ensure your time management opportunity. BAM Consulting can assist you throughout the requirements, help write your proposal, and ensure all steps of the grant are met. 

Submission window closes

There are four submission windows for Phase I proposals in 2020 and the last one is as follows:
September 4, 2020 - December 3, 2020

1-3 months after
the window closes

Applications undergo merit reviews.

4-6 months after
the window closes

We'll notify you whether your proposal is accepted or declined.

5-6 months after
the window closes

If your proposal is accepted, you'll receive funding of up to $256,000 and begin Phase I research and development.

6-24 months after
beginning Phase I

Apply for Phase II funding. (Note- Only small businesses with a Phase I award can submit a Phase II proposal).
For Phase II proposals in 2020: TBA

1-3 months after
the window closes

Phase II proposals undergo merit reviews.

4-6 months after
the window closes

We'll notify you whether your proposal is accepted or declined.

5-6 months after
the window closes

If your Phase II proposal is accepted, you'll receive funding of up to $1 million and begin Phase II research and development toward commercialization.

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