TREND is a program of the Alaska SBDC, which is hosted by UAA. TREND provides services across Alaska.

The Phase 0 Program 

Increase Your Odds

Participants in the Phase 0 program have been twice as likely to receive an SBIR award.

TREND partners with the Experimental Program to Simulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) to offer the Phase 0 program. Phase 0 provides grants of up to $5,000 to assist small businesses with SBIR/STTR proposal preparation.

A second level of funding, the Bridge Grant, is available to those Alaska companies with current Phase I or II awards or Phase III commercialization efforts in process. Bridge Grants are up to $20,000.

The Alaska Phase 0 Program is an optional and auxiliary phase designed to give Phase I and Phase II proposals a greater rate of success by providing expert reviews and financial support. It is not an official phase of the SBIR or STTR program and it is not a required step; however, SBIR and STTR proposals submitted under the Alaska Phase 0 Program have a 30% award rate while the national average is just 15%.


To be eligible for full Phase 0 funding applicants must:

  1. Be an Alaskan resident or business
  2. Submit a draft of their SBIR or STTR proposal to TREND at least 5 weeks prior to the federal solicitation deadline
  3. Consult with TREND to identify best use of funds for proposal development

Review Criteria

Phase 0 awards are reviewed according to the following:

  • Significance and originality
  • Appropriateness of the work plan
  • Consideration of the expert review
  • Relevance of the budget
  • Clarity of the proposal


Contact TREND to learn more about the Phase 0 program.

A Network of Programs

The Alaska SBDC, along with its network of programs, provides low-cost business resources and services to Alaskan entrepreneurs. We've been serving Alaska since 1986.

Last modified: February 6, 2015.