Airhounds has been awarded an SBIR Phase 0 grant by Alaska’s Small Business Development Center’s TREND program. This grant will allow us to develop an SBIR (Small Business Innovation and Research) Phase 1 proposal. After discussions with Center for Disease Control (CDC) and other National Institutes of Health (NIH) staff, we are targeting the NIH Omnibus Solicitation. Our Phase 1 proposal is due 5 January 2023, so we will be spending some quality time this fall figuring out what the US government likes to see in grant proposals!
The main challenge we had writing the TREND Phase 0 proposal – which required a draft Phase 1 proposal! – was figuring out what the heck we will be doing in September of 2023. That’s a full year from when we were writing the draft. It was a good exercise, but also a reality check about the speed of government versus the speed of startups.
Anyway, wish us luck! It would be great to get some non-dilutive SBIR funding for research and development.
Oh, hey, and many thanks to the folks at Alaska’s SBDC TREND program, and to Evelyn Jacome with University of Alaska Fairbanks Center ICE program in particular, for pointing us the right direction. You all rock.