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Phase 0/00 Solicitation

Z4 Energy Systems solar tank heater Phase II prototype

The team at Z4 Energy System developed and is finishing up Phase II research for the Solar Heater to Prevent Stock Tank Freezing under a USDA Phase I - $80,000 and a USDA Phase II - $450,000. (Photo courtesy of Z4 Energy System)

The Solicitation

The Phase 0/00 solicitation provides background information on the Phase 0/00 program including a description and eligibility requirements.  Additionally, proposal preparation instructions and submission and resubmission requirements are outlined.

The Evaluation Process

Proposals are reviewed by outside reviewers and ranked on a Likert scale from 0 to 5;

  1. Clear and compelling abstract

  2. Significance of the proposed innovation

  3. Technical merit & topic responsiveness and timeline

  4. Commercial Potential

  5. Concise, coherent presentation  (graphics where appropriate)

  6. Team & available resources – qualifications, balance

  7. Detailed Phase 0 plan & outline of Phase I plan and timeline

Deliverables and Payment

Deliverables for Phase 0/00 awards will be a press release, evidence of on-time submission of Phase I/II proposal to the targeted SBIR/STTR agency, and submission of a hard copy of the final proposal to the WSSI Program Manager. Also, two earlier draft copies of the proposal must be submitted for critical review to WSSI.

One-half of the Phase 0/00 award will be approved for payment upon notice of award and receipt of a press release. The final one-half will be approved for payment upon receipt of all deliverables for the Phase 0/00 project, including evidence of on-time submission of Phase I/II proposal to the targeted SBIR/STTR agency and payment in full to the assigned WSSI mentor if required.

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