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DOE Launches SBIR/STTR Phase 0 Assistance Program

June 15th, 2016 by Rebecca Norman

In July, the U.S. Department of Energy will launch the fourth round of its SBIR/STTR Phase 0 Assistance Program to coincide with the agency’s anticipated July 18 announcement of the FY2017 Phase I, Release 1 SBIR/STTR topics.

The program is aimed at helping eligible small R&D businesses and individuals successfully apply for SBIR/STTR federal funding from the DOE. Since the program is entirely DOE-funded, these services are at no cost to participants.

The goal of this program is to increase the number of responsive, high-quality proposals submitted to the Department of Energy from states with historically low SBIR/STTR submissions  and amongst women- and minority-owned businesses nationally.

Companies and researchers may apply for services directly by completing a simple online form found here. Registration for this round of the DOE Phase 0 Assistance Pogram will begin July 18.

Applicants will be contacted by a representative of the DOE Phase 0 Assistance Program to affirm that they meet the additional criteria specified by the DOE. Eligible companies and individuals already receiving services at the state level may receive additional services from the DOE Phase 0 program. The services offered by the DOE SBIR/STTR Phase 0 Assistance Program are also available to eligible, qualified individuals who commit to form a company should they win a DOE SBIR/STTR award.

Arkansas recently became a state partner of the DOE Phase 0 program.

Get ready for the upcoming DOE SBIR/STTR funding opportunity by watching the ASBTDC’s June 2 webinar led by DOE’s Chris O’Gwin here.

Check out the DOE’s Funding Opportunity Announcement schedule.