Phase 0

Award: Up to $5,000

Timing: rollling - must apply at least 30 days prior to targeted Federal program deadline

Intent: Intended to be used to obtain additional external resources required to assist in the preparation of Federal R&D funding proposals including SBIR/STTR awards.

Phase 0 funds can be used for both internal and external direct costs associated with the preparation of applications to the SBIR/STTR Phase I and other Federal R&D programs. Eligible costs include: consultant services and/or external resource providers (ERP), consultant/ERP travel expenses, and costs to purchase information such as market reports. All Phase 0 projects must conclude with successful submission of a completed proposal to the targeted Federal R&D program, by that agency’s stated deadline. At least two weeks prior to the Federal R&D program deadline, all Phase 0 recipients must also submit a draft of the Federal funding proposal to MTI’s Technical Assistance Program (TAP) team, and work with the TAP team to strengthen the proposal prior to final submission.

Funded projects must fall under one of Maine’s seven targeted technology sectors.

Phase 0 Grant Application Process

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Please email questions about the application process to Shane Beckim, Investment Officer, at:

Step 1: Connect with MTI staff by phone or email to confirm your proposal’s eligibility to the Phase 0 program: OR 207-588-1018.

Step 2: Work with MTI’s Technical Assistance Program (TAP) Team to evaluate your proposal’s fit to the targeted Federal funding program solicitation(s).

Step 3: Download the Phase 0 Application Instructions  (PDF)

Step 4: Download Phase 0 Form BProject Budget (Excel) and Application Checklist (PDF) to include with your final application submission

Step 5: Submit your final application as one, complete PDF attachment uploaded through MTI’s Online Application Portal – to access the Online Portal, please email Shane Beckim at

Step 6: Receive notification of your application’s review and funding determination – MTI will contact you regarding this decision as outlined in the Application Instructions.

All applicants will be notified of their proposal’s funding decision within 10 days of the Phase 0 application submission.

Grant Recipient Forms

Phase 0 Grant Agreement (PDF)
Phase 0 Grant Reporting Requirements (PDF)
Phase 0 Grant Final Report Expense Form – Form B Budget (Excel)