DOE Small Business Voucher Round 3 Now Open

Small businesses in the clean-energy sector have another opportunity to submit Requests for Assistance for technical assistance from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), Idaho National Laboratory (INL) and other U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) labs through the Small Business Vouchers (SBV) Pilot. 

Johanna Wolfson, Technology-to-Market Director in the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) launched the pilot’s third round at South By Southwest Eco (SXSW Eco) in Austin, Texas.  Submit applications from October 10th through November 13th, go to to learn more. Approximately $15 million is available for vouchers in rounds three and four.

For this third round, EERE strongly welcomes the chance to collaborate with small businesses that have little to no experience working with a DOE national laboratory. Individual vouchers range from $50,000 to $300,000 per small business and can be used to perform collaborative research or access to lab instrumentation or facilities.


The SBV Pilot opened its first funding round in fall 2015 and launched its second last spring. Since then, nearly 800 applications have been reviewed, and a total of 76 small businesses from 25 states have been awarded a total of $14.7 million in vouchers. Learn more about all voucher projects at

The SBV pilot gives our nation’s clean-tech small businesses the opportunity to take their innovative products to the next level. By supporting their growth, the U.S. helps these companies make a more meaningful impact on the economy and clean-energy sector.
Businesses interested in SBV funding must be U.S.-based and U.S.-owned, with no more than 500 fulltime employees worldwide.