Grant award opens for Alaskan inventors

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - As part of a program between the Alaska Small Business Development Center and UAF, Inventors in Alaska could be awarded up to $10,000 to help them with the beginning stages of commercializing their technology.

    The Alaska Small Business Development Center’s technology-focused TREND program, in partnership with the University of Alaska Fairbanks Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research, announced that they are accepting applications for the 2022 "Phase 0" grant program.  

    The center said that the Phase 0 program is meant to help Alaskan innovators develop and submit proposals for federal innovation research grants that will benefit the nation.

    The top four participants of this year’s TREND Program will be awarded an SBIR Phase 0 grant of up to $10,000.

    Accoding to a release from the center, the opportunity is beneficial for companies and innovators who are at the initial stages of commercializing their technologies and are working to develop proposals with increased technical merit and competitiveness.

    In the last five years nearly $250,000 has been distributed to innovators and businesses across the state.

    In 2022, the TREND program will provide funding, technical assistance and proposal writing instructions to help create commercialization plans.

    The application period will open July 1 and will close at 8:00 AM on Monday, July 25, 2022.

    Applications will be evaluated by TREND program officers and awards will be announced in August of this year.

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