Are You Ready for SBIR/STTR Phase II?
For most companies, the step after an SBIR/STTR Phase I, on the path toward a Phase III would be a Phase II. SBIR.gov identifies the objective of Phase II as “to continue the R/R&D efforts initiated in Phase I. Funding is based on the results achieved in Phase I and the scientific and technical merit and commercial potential of the project proposed in Phase II.”
In some cases, a technology or concept is further along in the development process, making a Phase I an unnecessary first step. In these cases, a company may pursue a Direct-to-Phase II (D2P2).
Phase II vs. D2P2
Phase II contracts with AFWERX can be acquired in two ways:
- A subsequent Phase II, after a Phase I has been awarded and completed
- A Direct-to-Phase II (D2P2), when a company has the funding and support needed to skip a Phase I altogether.
In both instances, a proposal requires a detailed and comprehensive submission of the proposal effort. AFWERX reports that small businesses should apply for a this contract if there is match between their company’s product and an Air Force end user.