US DOE opens $16M call for small business R&D
- Authorities & Government
US Department of Energy (DOE) has issued the second funding opportunity announcement for small businesses through its innovation research and technology transfer programs.
The second call for the Phase I grants, with approximately $16 million available, will provide funding for innovations that address multiple research and development programs throughout DOE, including those from the Office of of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.
Phase I grants, awarded through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs, are 6-12 months in duration with maximum award amounts of $150,000 or $225,000, depending on the research topic.
Rick Perry, US Secretary of Energy, said: “The SBIR and STTR programs are an excellent way for small businesses and the federal government to team up to advance scientific research and development, creating a more secure energy future for America.”
Small businesses that successfully complete their research in Phase I will compete for funding in FY 2019 to carry out prototype or processes research and development during Phase II.
Phase II grants are up to 2 years in duration with maximum award amounts of $1 million or $1.5 million, depending on the research topic, DOE said.
The SBIR and STTR programs were created by Congress to leverage small businesses to advance innovation at federal agencies.
The deadline for submitting the letter of intent for the call has been set for January 8, 2018, while the application is due by February 26, 2018.
To remind, SBIR and STTR programs have recently backed three ocean renewable energy projects, including Resolute Marine Energy’s wave-powered desalination system.