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Dept. of Energy Seeks SBIR/STTR Proposals

August 24th, 2016 by Rebecca Norman

Innovative researchers with ideas for new energy concepts to address market needs are encouraged to explore the Department of Energy FY2017 Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer funding opportunity announcement.

Proposed ideas must respond to an agency-identified topic from the DOE’s research topic listInterested applicants must submit letters of intent by Sept. 6 using instructions found in the FOA. Applications are then due Oct. 17.

Phase I awards range between $150,000 and $225,000, depending on topic, for project performance periods not to exceed 12 months. Projects should focus on research that will contribute to proving scientific or technical feasibility of the approach or concept. Success in a DOE Phase I is a prerequisite to further DOE support in Phase II.

Approximately $29,000,000 is expected to be available for new awards under this FOA. The agency anticipates making approximately 165 awards.

The DOE offers several useful resources on its program website  including archived webinars on each topic and information about DOE Phase 0 assistance. 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.

The SBA also offers online SBIR/STTR tutorials that provide extensive guidance for new program applicants.

Arkansas-based researchers and companies are encouraged to contact Rebecca Norman for assistance at 501.683.7700 or rxnorman@ualr.edu.