The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase 0 program aims to improve applications to the NSF SBIR Phase I program. Eligible teams and companies participate in a 7-week National Innovation Corps (I-CorpsTM) cohort and received customized professional startup services (I-CorpsTM Go – more info listed below) to better prepare them for company formation and SBIR application.
Prior teams and companies who have gone through a National I-CorpsTM cohort or previously received an SBIR award are disqualified from applying.
To qualify teams should:
If you are an existing company, you may qualify should the company:
The I-CorpsTM Go Entrepreneur Assistance Program is a matching award program is offered by the NSF Midwest I-CorpsTM Node (MWIN) and targeted to entrepreneurs with technology that has a strong potential for commercialization through new company formation. I-CorpsTM Go offers a suite of first-year professional startup services including business development, legal setup, SBIR application, bookkeeping assistance, and marketing assistance. Selected companies are awarded 80% of the cost of the services up to $15,000 (no equity is taken).