Department of Energy Releases New SBIR/STTR Topics

July 27th, 2016 by Rebecca Todd

Innovative entrepreneurs and small businesses with ideas for energy-based technology are encouraged to explore the Department of Energy’s latest Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer research topics.

These SBIR/STTR topics will be included in the DOE’s FY17 Phase I Release I funding opportunity announcement, to be issued Aug. 15.

The following DOE program offices are participating in this FOA:

  • Office of Advanced Scientific Computing Research (5 topics; 9 subtopics)
  • Office of Basic Energy Sciences (14 topics; 47 subtopics)
  • Office of Biological and Environmental Research (4 topics; 37 subtopics)
  • Office of Nuclear Physics (5 topics; 31 subtopics)

Prospective applicants who locate potential topic matches should plan on submitting letters of intent by Sept. 6.

The DOE will be holding a webinar to discuss the Funding Opportunity Announcement and application process on Monday, Aug. 22. Important changes to the agency’s SBIR and STTR programs for the coming year will also be addressed.

Phase 0 Assistance:

To increase the number of high-quality SBIR/STTR Phase I applications submitted to the DOE by women-owned and minority-owned small businesses, and small businesses from DOE’s underrepresented states, the agency provides a variety of application preparation and other related services, free of charge.

Phase 0 services are offered on a first-come, first-serve basis to eligible applicants. Visit here for more information on the DOE SBIR/STTR Phase 0 Assistance Program. Arkansas is a state partner in the DOE Phase 0 program, which means that woman- and minority-owned small business applicants from the state may also apply for DOE Phase 0 program assistance. DOE Phase 0 free online tutorials can be accessed here.

Program Change: Fast-Track applications

Beginning in FY 2017, the DOE SBIR/STTR Programs will no longer accept Fast-Track (combined Phase I/II) applications. Only Phase I applications will be accepted under the associated Aug. 15 Funding Opportunity Announcement.

Award Sizes and Project Performance Periods

The maximum sizes for DOE SBIR/STTR Phase I awards ranges from $150,00 to $225,000, depending on DOE office.

ASBTDC Assistance

Arkansas-based entrepreneurs interested in assistance with proposal development and review and/or market research can contact Rebecca Norman at or 501.683.7700.

Visit DOE SBIR/STTR website