DOE Announces US$53 Million for Small Business R&D Grants

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  • April 6, 2020

U.S. Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette recently announced the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) will award 256 grants totaling US$53 million to 211 small businesses in 35 states and the District of Columbia. Funded through the DOE’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs, the recent selections are for Phase I research and development (R&D).

The Phase I grants will allow small businesses to research technical feasibility of new innovations that advance the mission of the DOE. Phase I grants are 6 to 12 months in duration with a median award amount of US$200,000. Successful Phase I grantees will be eligible to apply for Phase II awards in fiscal year 2021 to develop novel prototypes or processes to validate their Phase I research findings. Phase II grants have a median award amount of US$1,100,000 and a duration up to two years.

“A cornerstone of the American economy, small businesses play a major role in spurring innovation and creating jobs throughout the country. I applaud our department’s SBIR and STTR programs for awarding over 200 small businesses across 35 states and the District of Columbia a total of US$53 million dollars for R&D projects. Now more than ever, we want to lend support to our country’s small businesses to ensure they are thriving again soon,” said Brouillette. 

Listed below are selected grants for each of the R&D programs that provided funding for these projects:

  • Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security and Emergency Response
    • Unikernel Isolation for Secure SCADA
  • Office of Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation
    • Development of a Portable Neutron/X-ray Imaging Camera
  • Office of Electricity
    • Advanced Visualizations for Smart Grid Data Analytics
  • Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
    • Machine Learning for Individualized Vehicle Eco-Routing
  • Office of Environmental Management
    • Magnetic Resonance In-Situ Technology for Long-Term Monitoring of Subsurface Contaminant Remediation
  • Office of Fossil Energy
    • Next-Generation Modified Metal Organic Frameworks for CO2 Capture
  • Office of Fusion Energy Sciences
    • Thermally Conductive Insulators for Conduction-Cooled Superconducting Magnets
  • Office of High Energy Physics
    • High Volume Fabrication Technique for 3D Superconducting Multi-Qubit Systems
  • Office of Nuclear Energy
    • High Power and High Temperature Heat Pipes for Small and Modular Reactors

Small businesses play a major role in spurring innovation and creating jobs in the U.S. economy. The SBIR and STTR programs were created by Congress to leverage the capabilities of small businesses to advance innovation at federal agencies. Additional information on the DOE SBIR and STTR programs is available here.

For more information on the projects announced, visit here.


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