Funding Opportunity Announcement for the U.S. Department of Energy’s SBIR/STTR Programs

The Department of Energy’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Programs are accepting proposals that support scientific excellence and technological innovation to build a strong national economy.

Funding Opportunity Announcement Webinar

A webinar to discuss the Funding Opportunity Announcement and application process will be held on Friday, December 2, 2016. Important changes to the SBIR and STTR programs for the coming year will also be addressed.

The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) is one of seven U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) program offices participating in this solicitation. EERE leads the DOE’s efforts to develop and deliver market-driven solutions for energy-saving homes, buildings, and manufacturing; sustainable transportation; and renewable electricity generation. Two of the EERE topics included in this solicitation are listed below: fuel cells and vehicles.

The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s Fuel Cell Technologies Office (FCTO) works in partnership with industry (including small businesses), academia, and DOE’s national laboratories to establish fuel cell and hydrogen energy technologies as economically competitive contributors to U.S. transportation needs. A roadmap for the development of fuel cell and hydrogen technologies that guides FCTO investments aimed at lowering the related risks and costs can be found here

Applications may be submitted to any one of the subtopics listed below:

  • Innovative Materials and/or Technologies for Bipolar Plates for PEM Fuel Cell
  • Liquid Organic Hydrogen Carriers (LOHC)
  • Emergency Hydrogen Refuelers

Maximum Phase I Award Amount: $150,000

Maximum Phase II Award Amount: $1,000,000

For more information about this opportunity, including eligibility requirements, please see Section 11: Fuel Cells (pg. 43) in the Phase I Release 2 document.

EERE’s Vehicle Technologies Office (VTO) focuses on reducing the cost and improving the performance of vehicle technologies that can reduce petroleum dependency, including advanced batteries, electric traction drive systems, lightweight materials, advanced combustion engines, and advanced fuels and lubricants. VTO supports the development and deployment of advanced vehicle technologies, including advances in electric vehicles, engine efficiency, and lightweight materials. Since 2008, the Department of Energy has reduced the costs of producing electric vehicle batteries by more than 50%. DOE has also pioneered improved combustion engines that have saved billions of gallons of petroleum fuel, while making diesel vehicles as clean as gasoline-fueled vehicles.

Applications that duplicate research already in progress will not be funded; all submissions
therefore should clearly explain how the proposed work differs from other work in the field.

Applications may be submitted to any one of the subtopics listed below: 

  • Electric Drive Vehicle Batteries
  • SiC Device Qualification for Electric Drive Vehicle Power Electronics
  • Fuel Efficiency Improvement Technologies for Conventional Stoichiometric Gasoline Direct Injection Multi-Cylinder Internal Combustion Engine
  • Wide-Range High-Boost Turbocharging System

Maximum Phase I Award Amount: $150,000

Maximum Phase II Award Amount: $1,000,000

For more information about this opportunity, including eligibility requirements, please see Section 14: Vehicles (pg. 51) in the Phase I Release 2 document.

All applications must:

  • Propose a tightly structured program which includes technical milestones that
    demonstrate clear progress, are aggressive but achievable, and are quantitative;
  • Include projections for price and/or performance improvements that are tied to a
    baseline (i.e. Multi-Year Program Plan (MYPP) or Roadmap targets and/or state of the art products or practices);
  • Explicitly and thoroughly differentiate the proposed innovation with respect to existing commercially available products or solutions;
  • Include a preliminary cost analysis;
  • Justify all performance claims with theoretical predictions and/or relevant experimental data

Important Upcoming Dates:

Topics Released: Monday, October 31, 2016
Funding Opportunity Announcement Issued: Monday, November 28, 2016
Letter of Intent Due Date: Monday, December 19, 2016
Application Due Date: Tuesday, February 7, 2016
Award Notification Date: Monday, May 1, 2017*
Start of Grant Budget Period: Monday, June 21, 2017*
*Dates Subject to Change