Start Planning Your DOE SBIR/STTR Proposal

May 16th, 2017 by Rebecca Todd

The Department of Energy (DOE) is expected to seek new Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer applications in August. New prospective applicants can begin taking steps now to plan their DOE SBIR/STTR proposals. Below are some tips to get you started.

DOE SBIR/STTR Learning Site
Developed and offered by Dawnbreaker, the DOE SBIR/STTR Phase I Proposal Prep website offers small businesses and their project partners a comprehensive resource for learning about the agency’s programs, verifying their eligibility, and finding out how to prepare responsive Phase I proposals.

Recommended video tutorials for prospective applicants to view include the following:

Tutorial 7 – How Are DOE Phase I Proposals Evaluated?
Tutorial 8 – What Does a Winning Phase I Proposal Look Like?
Tutorial 18 – What are the Components of a DOE Phase I Application?

DOE Funding Opportunity Announcement Schedule
The DOE’s SBIR/STTR funding opportunity announcement (FOA) schedule for fiscal year 2018 can be found here. According to the FOA, the agency anticipates issuing Release 1 of its research topics Monday, July 17, and then releasing the corresponding FOA on Monday, Aug. 14.

Upcoming Webinar, “The Dept. of Energy SBIR/STTR Program: From Submission to Award”

Date: Thursday, June 1
Time: 10-11:30 a.m. CST
Description: Led by Chris O’Gwin, DOE’s SBIR/STTR commercialization & outreach assistance program manager, this webinar will provide attendees with key information about the Department of Energy’s SBIR/STTR program. These insights will help them to write competitive, agency-specific proposal applications. The DOE’s commercialization programs will also be discussed in this webinar. Following the 1-hour presentation, O’Gwin will engage the audience in a 30-min Q&A session.
Register today (free of charge)

ASBTDC assistance
Arkansas entrepreneurs interested in SBIR/STTR proposal development assistance are encouraged to contact Rebecca Norman at or 501.683.7700. The Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center offers advanced market research and technology commercialization services.