Energy Dept. Seeks New SBIR/STTR Research Proposals

December 3rd, 2014 by Rebecca Todd

Innovative small businesses can explore the second release of research topics through the Department of Energy FY 2015 Phase I opportunity announcement for its Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer programs. The DOE is the leading federal agency supporting fundamental scientific research for energy and the nation’s largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences.

The following DOE program offices are participating:

  • Office of Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation (9 topic areas and 29 subtopics)
  • Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability (1 topic and 2 subtopics)
  • Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (9 topics and 26 subtopics)
  • Office of Fossil Energy (2 topics and 14 subtopics)
  • Office of Fusion Energy Sciences (4 topics and 16 subtopics)
  • Office of High Energy Physics (6 topics and 37 subtopics)
  • Office of Nuclear Energy (1 topic and 6 subtopics)

Phase I grants have maximum award sizes of $150,000 or $225,000 depending on the topic. The period of performance will depend on the scope of the effort but will not exceed 9 months.

The DOE also has a Fast-Track option that allows qualified applicants to submit the Phase I and II applications at the same time to be reviewed together. Fast-Track grant awards resulting from this competition will be made during FY 2015 to small businesses with maximum award sizes of $1,150,000 or $1,725,000 depending on the topic. The agency anticipates making approximately 150 awards under this announcement, although SBIR and STTR awards are subject to the availability of appropriated funds.

Following the start of Phase I, DOE encourages its awardees to begin thinking about and seeking commitments from private sector or federal non-SBIR/STTR funding sources in anticipation of Phases II and III. The commitments should be obtained prior to the Phase II grant application submission.

Prospective SBIR/STTR program applicants are required to first submit letters of intent, which are due by 4 p.m. Dec. 15. Letters of intent will only be accepted electronically through the DOE Portfolio Analysis and Management System website. Please refer to Part IV B of the Funding Opportunity Announcement for instructions for submitting.

The final deadline for DOE SBIR/STTR proposals is Feb. 3, 2015, at 10:59 p.m. CST.

First time applicants are encouraged to ensure that they take the following action items to be eligible to apply. These registrations can take a total of 2-4 weeks, so start early!

Arkansas-based companies who need assistance with your federal registrations and/or proposal development are encouraged to contact Rebecca Norman at or 501.683.7700.

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