DOE Funds Small Business Grants for Energy Innovation

Rick Perry, Secretary of Energy, at a meeting

The U. S. Department of Energy has earmarked up to $37 million in grants for small businesses to conduct energy-related research and development. Here's the DOE announcement:

U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry has issued the Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) second Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs for Fiscal Year 2019.  The Phase I Release 2 FOA, with approximately $37 million in available funding, will provide funding for innovations that address multiple research and development programs throughout DOE:

  • Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security, and Emergency Response

  • Office Of Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation

  • Office of Electricity  

  • Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

  • Office of Environmental Management

  • Office of Fossil Energy

  • Office of Fusion Energy Sciences

  • Office of High Energy Physics

  • Office of Nuclear Energy

“U.S. small businesses are a crucial aspect in driving innovation and creating jobs in our economy,” said Secretary Perry. “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.”

Phase I grants are 6-12 months in duration with maximum award amounts of $200,000.  Small businesses that successfully complete their research in Phase I will compete for funding in FY 2020 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 $1.1 million or $1.6 million, depending on the research topic.    

The SBIR and STTR programs were created by Congress to leverage small businesses to advance innovation at federal agencies. Additional information on the DOE SBIR and STTR programs can be found on the programs’ website HERE.

More details on DOE SBIR/STTR Phase I Release 2 FOA can be found HEREU.S. Department of Energy

Photo: Secretary of Energy Rick Perry at the Energy Department headquarters in Washington, D.C.