The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program is a highly competitive program that encourages domestic small businesses to engage in Federal Research/Research and Development (R/R&D) that has the potential for commercialization. Through a competitive awards-based program, SBIR enables small businesses to explore their technological potential and provides the incentive to profit from its commercialization. By including qualified small businesses in the nation’s R&D arena, high-tech innovation is stimulated and the United States gains entrepreneurial spirit as it meets its specific research and development needs.
The Department of Energy has issued topics for the FY-19 SBIR/STTR Phase I Release 1 Funding Opportunity Announcement and are available here. The purpose of the early release of the topics is to allow applicants an opportunity to identify technology areas of interest and to begin formulating innovative responses and partnerships. The DOE Funding Opportunity Announcement will be issued on Monday, August 13. The DOE Phase 1 awards explore the feasibility of innovative concepts with awards up to $225,000 for 12 months. Small businesses can then apply for Phase 2 awards for their research and development efforts with awards up to $1,500,000.
Webinars are available to expand your understanding of the topic areas and upcoming call. Please check the website for additional information, schedule, and the forthcoming funding announcement.
Click here to learn more about the eleven federal agencies participating in the SBIR/STTR grant program.