EERE announces US$21.3m for Phase I Small Business Innovation projects
In the United States (US), the Department of Energy's (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) has announced the selection of 106 new projects across 26 states, totaling nearly US$21.3 million in funding. The selected small businesses are receiving Phase I grants that demonstrate technical feasibility for innovations during the first phase of their research. Most Phase I awards are US$200 000 for a performance period of less than one year.
Small businesses play a major role in spurring innovation and creating jobs in the American economy. The announcement was made as part of the US$53 million announcements made on May 21, 2020, by US Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette for Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) research and development projects.
The SBIR and STTR programs were created by Congress to leverage small businesses to advance innovation at federal agencies.
The nine EERE technology offices will fund awards under 12 topics, one for each Technology Office (Advanced Manufacturing, Bioenergy, Buildings, Fuel Cells, Geothermal, Solar, Vehicles, Water, and Wind) and three joint office topics – Advanced Manufacturing with Bioenergy, with Buildings, and with Wind & Water.