Mission

DOE is one of the five federal departments that participates in both the SBIR and STTR programs. 

DOE’s mission is to ensure America’s security and prosperity by addressing its energy, environmental, and nuclear challenges through transformative science and technology solutions. The DOE SBIR/STTR programs have three overarching goals: catalyze the timely, material, and efficient transformation of the nation’s energy system and secure U.S. leadership in energy technologies; maintain a vibrant U.S. effort in science and engineering as a cornerstone of our economic prosperity, with clear leadership in strategic areas; and enhance nuclear security through defense, nonproliferation, and environmental efforts.

DOE topics vary from release to release and are generated from 13 program offices with mission-specific R&D needs. DOE offers more than sixty technical topics and 250 subtopics, spanning research areas that support the DOE mission in Energy Production, Energy Use, Fundamental Energy Sciences, Environmental Management, and Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation.

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Requirements

To submit a proposal package, in addition to the general SBA requirements,  business must have registered in Grants.gov: https://www.grants.gov/.This is the portal that businesses will submit SBIR and STTR packages and retrieve required federal forms. Additionally, applicants must also register in the DOE-SC Portfolio Analysis and Management System (PAMS) website https://pamspublic.science.energy.gov/ to submit the required Letter of Intent (LOI). The LOI requires a technical abstract that sufficiently describes your technology and application in less than 500 words. 

Ensure you have read the solicitation carefully, as these requirements might change between funding years.

Mechanics of the Program

Phase I funding is typically limited to $200,000 for up to 12 months of work to evaluate the scientific or technical merit and feasibility of ideas. Phase II project funding is typically limited to $1,000,000 for 24 months of work to further develop the technology.

Additional Funding

DOE SBIR/STTR initial Phase II awardees are eligible to receive a second Phase II award from DOE, either a Phase IIA or Phase IIB. Additionally, SBIR awardees may be eligible for a third Phase II award, the Phase IIC. Phase II A awards are designed for projects requiring more time and funding than available with a single Phase II award to complete prototype or process development, and are a maximum of $1,100,000. Phase IIB awards are designed for projects that have successfully completed prototype or process development and require additional R&D funding to transition an innovation towards commercialization, and are a maximum of $1,100,000. Phase IIC awards are a maximum of $1,100,000 and require a 1:1 match of third-party investment. Availability of these programs is dependent on the FOA and topic that awardees were funded under. 

Awardees are always encouraged to seek other funding mechanisms to transition their work into a Phase III.

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Resources

For a full listing of agency resources and NM FAST resources, relevant to an SBIR or STTR submission to DOE, please visit this link: