U.S. Department of Energy ( DOE) Offers Help to Apply for Energy R&D Grants

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Physicist Hui Chen sets up targets for the anti-matter experiment at the Jupiter laser facility. Photo by Jacqueline McBride.

U.S. Department of Energy, . ( Solar Thermal Magazine) – Applying for government grants to help a company move forward with   and development can be a daunting task.  The process is complicated, and requires an immense amount of time and effort which may not be feasible for many small businesses or individuals.  With this in mind, the U.S. Department of Energy has decided to offer a program to help small businesses complete their applications.

The program is named the SBIR/STTR Phase 0 Assistance Program, and is aimed at helping eligible small R&D businesses and individuals successfully apply for SBIR/STTR federal funding.  Since the program is entirely funded by the DOE, these services are available at absolutely no cost to participants.

Essentially, this is a government program to help you apply for funding from two government programs.  It may not seem like it, but they really are attempting to make the process easier.

The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program is a competitive grant program that encourages domestic small businesses to engage in Federal Research/Research and Development  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.

The Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program expands funding opportunities in the federal innovation research and development (R&D) arena.  The unique feature of the STTR  is the requirement for the small business to formally collaborate with a research institution in Phase I and Phase II. The main role of the STTR program is to bridge the gap between performance of basic science and commercialization of resulting innovations.

The goal of the new assitance program is to increase the number of responsive, high quality proposals submitted to the Department of Energy within targeted states with historically low SBIR/STTR submissions, and amongst women and minority-owned businesses nationally.  Dawnbreaker, Inc. will be administering this program on behalf of the Department of Energy.

“Applying for a DOE SBIR award is no small feat, and many small businesses simply don’t have the manpower to prepare and submit an impactful proposal,” explains Dawnbreaker President Jenny C. Servo, Ph.D. “This program assists these companies with learning the intricacies of the process to ensure a complete and accurate proposal.”

Some of the services that may be provided under the assistance program are:

  • Market research
  • Proposal preparation and submission assistance
  • Letter of Intent (LOI) writing assistance
  • Small business development training and mentoringRtechnology advice and consultation

Companies and researchers may apply for services directly by completing a simple online form available at www.dawnbreaker.com/doephase0/apply.php. Applicants will be contacted by a representative of the DOE Phase 0 Assistance Program to affirm that they meet the additional criteria specified by the DOE.

New technology takes a great deal of R&D resources to reach commercialization and federal grants  can make the difference between success and failure for the next great energy “idea”.

If you would like more information on the DOE Phase 0 Assistance Program, or to see if you are eligible to receive services, please visit  Dawnbreaker’s website  at:          www.dawnbreaker.com/DOEPhase0


Image credit: Courtesy of Lawrence Livermore National Lab. Physicist Hui Chen sets up targets for the anti-matter experiment at the Jupiter laser facility. Photo by Jacqueline McBride.



Tracey Smith About Tracey Smith
Tracey is an accountant and entrepreneur with a passion for nature. This passion is what spurred her interest in renewable energy, and the rest is history as they say. Tracey is a principal in Energy Think Group, the publisher of Solar Thermal Magazine and Tek-Think. She is also the principal at Women's Financial Help Desk. She spends her free time in the outdoors with her horses and dogs. She loves to travel.

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