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MS-FAST Phase 0 - The MS-FAST Ph 0 provides financial assistance (up to $3,000) to qualifying Mississippi small businesses to help offset the cost of developing a Phase 1 or Phase 2 SBIR/STTR proposal for submission to a federal agency's solicitation. To qualify the small business must be registered with the Mississippi Secretary of State Office and have 500 or fewer employees. Other restrictions based on federal agency's solicitation requirements may apply. 

For complete details and instructions on how to submit a Phase 0, download the:

MS-FAST Phase 0 Request for Proposals.

For information on Preparing the Phase 0 Proposal - Click Here.

Separate and not directly related to the MS-FAST Phase O are other federal and state operated "Phase 0" programs designed to assist small businesses competing in the SBIR/STTR programs. Among these are:


DOE SBIR/STTR Phase 0 Assistance Program - This Department of Energy (DOE) program is aimed at helping eligible small businesses successfully apply for DOE SBIR/STTR Phase I funding.  The overall goal of the DOE Phase 0 Assistance Program is to increase the number of responsive, high quality proposals submitted to the DOE from all first-time DOE SBIR/STTR applicants. Eligible parties receive one or more specialized services following an initial assessment by a member of the Dawnbreaker team. Optional services include:

  • 1) Letter of Intent (LOI) writing assistance

  • 2) Phase I Proposal Preparation, Review and Registration Assistance

  • 3) Market Research Assistance

  • 4) Technology Advice and Consultation

  • 5) Intellectual Property Consultation

  • 6) Indirect Rates and Financials

  • 7) Travel Assistance

The DOE is particularly interested in providing support to U.S. women-owned, and socially and economically disadvantaged small businesses located anywhere in the U.S. and its territories that work with advanced technologies. And to any U.S. small, advanced technology firms currently located in the following under represented states, districts, and territories: AK, AR, DC, GA, HI, IA, IN, KS, LA, ME, MN, MS, MO, NC, NE, ND, NY, OK, PA, PR, RI, SC, TN, WV, WI. For more information and how to apply click here.

Associated with their Phase 0 program, the DOE has a series of excellent online tutorials on their SBIR/STTR program. Much of the information is also applicable to other federal agencies' SBIR/STTR solicitations. To review these tutorials click here.  

LA-FAST Phase 0 Program - Similar to the MS-FAST Phase 0, this Louisiana-based program, administered by the LTTO, is designed to stimulate interest and increase participation in the federally-funded SBIR and STTR programs by providing funds to Louisiana’s small businesses to encourage more Louisiana applications
to the programs. Qualified applicants can request funds of up to $2,000 to cover reasonable costs incurred in developing an SBIR or STTR Phase I or II proposal. For more information and how to apply click here.

SBA's funding is not an endorsement of any products, opinions, or services. All SBA programs are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis.

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