Dept. of Energy Seeks SBIR/STTR Proposals

October 17th, 2017 by Rebecca Todd

Innovative small businesses and their partners are encouraged to explore funding opportunities within the U.S. Department of Energy’s Small Business Innovation Research / Small Business Technology Transfer Phase I program. The DOE has issued its FY 2018 SBIR/STTR Phase I funding opportunity announcement. Letters of intent are due by Oct. 30 and full grant applications must be submitted by Dec. 4 at 10:59 p.m. CST.

Phase I projects are intended to prove feasibility of new concepts responding to technical topics that support DOE mission research. Award sizes for Phase I grants range from $150,000 to $225,000 depending on the research topic.

Project period performances range from 6-12 months. Applicants can request up to $5,000 for commercialization assistance that does not count toward the maximum grant amount. Approximately $23,000,000 is expected to be available for new awards under this FOA.

The offices of Advanced Scientific Computing Research, Biological and Environmental Research, Basic Energy Sciences, and Nuclear Physics in the Office of Science at the DOE are soliciting grant applications in the broad technical area of “BigData”- technologies for managing and analyzing complex scientific and engineering data sets.

The following BigData technical topics are of interest to participating Office of Science programs:

Office of Advanced Scientific Computing Research
• Complex-Data Management Technologies

Office of Biological and Environment Research
• Advanced Data Analytic Technologies for Systems Biology and Bioenergy
• Technologies for Managing and Analyzing Complex Data for Watershed and Terrestrial Ecosystems

Office of Basic Energy Sciences
• HDF5 Extensions for Data Streaming
• Visualization, Data Management, and Workflow Tools for Experimental Data

Office of Nuclear Physics
• Software-Driven Network Architectures for Data Acquisition
• Large Scale Data Storage
• Data Science / Distributed Computing Applications

The DOE’s Technical Topics include technology transfer opportunities. These are opportunities for small businesses, in the course of an SBIR/STTR award, to leverage technology that has been developed at a participating DOE Research Institution. The TTO will be described in a particular subtopic and additional information may be obtained by using the link in the subtopic to the DOE Research Institution that has developed the technology.

Only those applicants for which a letter of intent has been received by the Oct. 30 due date are eligible to submit an application under this DOE FOA. Instructions for writing this letter can be found in Part IV.B of the announcement.

Phase 0 services are offered on a first-come, first-serve basis to eligible applicants. Information on the DOE SBIR/STTR Phase 0 Assistance Program can be found here. Tutorials on the DOE SBIR/STTR program can be found here. These video tutorials share how to prepare competitive DOE SBIR/STTR proposals.

On Friday, Oct. 20, the DOE will offer an overview of the DOE SBIR/STTR technology areas and the application and award process for this FOA. Register here to participate in this webinar.

Arkansas companies and research partners are encouraged to contact Rebecca Norman for assistance with proposal development and market research at or 501.683.7700.

DOE SBIR/STTR Funding Opportunity Announcement

DOE SBIR/STTR Technical Topics