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Dept. of Energy Releases SBIR/STTR Phase I Topics

July 28th, 2015 by Rebecca Norman

Research-based small businesses are encouraged to explore funding opportunities within the Department of Energy Office of Science FY2016 SBIR/STTR Phase I Topic Release.

The mission of the DOE Office of Science is the delivery of scientific discoveries and major scientific tools to transform our understanding of nature and to advance the energy, economic, and national security of the U.S.

Phase I project studies are intended to demonstrate proof of concept, or feasibility of a new project idea that responds to federal agency areas of interest. One company that has been highly successful in winning DOE SBIR awards is Arkansas Power Electronics International.

The full funding opportunity announcement will be issued Aug. 17, with an application due date of Oct. 19. Letters of intent will be due Sept. 8. DOE SBIR/STTR Phase I proposals fund maximum award sizes of $150,000 or $225,000, depending on the topic. Periods of performance for each project depend on the scope of the effort but will not exceed nine months.

Participating DOE research programs include the Office of Advanced Scientific Computing ResearchOffice of Basic Energy Sciences, Office of Biological and Environmental Research, and Office of Nuclear Physics.

Grant applications submitted by small businesses must be responsive to a specific topic and subtopic. There are 112 total subtopics within this DOE SBIR/STTR Phase I release, distributed as follows:

  • Office of Advanced Scientific Computing Research – 3 topics (9 subtopics)
  • Office of Basic Energy Sciences – 13 topics (42 subtopics)
  • Office of Biological and Environmental Research – 4 topics (30 subtopics)
  • Office of Nuclear Physics – 5 topics (31 subtopics)

DOE will do webinars on the topic groups, with the first one on Advanced Scientific Computing Research and Basic Energy Sciences taking place on July 30.

DOE SBIR/STTR Phase I Topic Release

DOE SBIR/STTR Funding Announcement and Webinar Schedule