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Photo of a Covalent Nanomembrane

AMO is supporting a number of SBIR projects with the objective of developing high selectivity membranes. The approach above depicts an atomically precise membrane built with atom-by-atom precision which is then cross-linked in the manufacturing process to form the one-atomic-layer thick membrane, or nanomembrane (green in bottom image). Custom chemistry can be attached to the surface of the nanomembrane to counter specific contaminants found in feedwater that could act as foulants. The nanomembrane is attached to a porous substrate for added support (blue in bottom image). Image courtesy of Covalent, LLC


SMALL BUSINESS INNOVATION RESEARCH

DOE is one of 11 federal agencies participating in the SBIR-STTR programs enacted under the Small Business Innovation Development Act of 1982. The SBIR-STTR programs work with eligible small technology firms to stimulate innovative, cost-effective solutions to challenging scientific and engineering problems.

The SBIR-STTR programs release Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs) for Phase I and Phase II projects twice each fiscal year.

  •       •      Phase I projects explore the feasibility of innovative concepts with awards of up to $150,000 (depending on the topic) over nine months
  •       •      Phase II projects are expanded R&D efforts, with awards of up to $1,000,000 over two years.

Only companies that have received a Phase I grant may respond to Phase II FOAs.

For current and upcoming FOAs and basic information about the SBIR and STTR programs, including eligibility requirements, see the DOE SBIR web site. Visit the EERE SBIR web site for more detailed information on how to develop and submit an application.


AMO'S SBIR-STTR PROJECTS

FY16 SBIR/STTR projects are listed below. Click on the open details in each row for project descriptions and AMO contact information.


DOE is one of 11 federal agencies participating in the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs enacted under the Small Business Innovation Development Act of 1982. The SBIR-STTR programs work with small technology firms to stimulate innovative, cost-effective solutions to challenging scientific and engineering problems. These applied research grants are a primary source of the Energy Department's risk capital devoted to launching promising technology developed by small business enterprises. The table below provides basic information about the SBIR and STTR programs. More detailed information on the SBIR program is available on the DOE SBIR web site. Visit the EERE SBIR web site to read case studies featuring selected projects.

SBIR is for small businesses

STTR is for small businesses partnering with nonprofit research institutions

Eligibility

Criteria for small businesses:

  • American-owned and independently operated
  • For-profit
  • Principal researcher employed by business
  • Company size limited to 500 employees

Criteria for nonprofit research institutions:

  • Located in the U.S.
  • Meet one of three definitions
  • Nonprofit college or university
  • Domestic nonprofit research organization
  • Federally funded R&D center (FFRDC)
Phase I

Startup phase. Awards of up to $150,000 for approximately 9 months support exploration of the technical merit or feasibility of an idea or technology.

Startup phase. Awards of up to $150,000 for approximately one year fund the exploration of the scientific, technical, and commercial feasibility of an idea or technology.

Phase II

Awards of up to $1,000,000 for 2 years, expand Phase I results. During this time, the R&D work is performed and the developer evaluates commercialization potential. Only Phase I award winners are considered for Phase II.

Phase III

The period during which Phase II innovation moves from the laboratory into the marketplace. Under Phase III, Federal agencies may award non-SBIR/STTR-funded, follow-on grants or contracts for products or processes that meet the mission needs of those agencies, or for further R&D. No SBIR-STTR funds support this phase.

With AMO support, SBIR-STTR awards advance scientific excellence by investing in manufacturing technology innovations that will increase American competitiveness, create new jobs, and build a strong national economy. Below is a table of active projects supported by the AMO.

 

Table last updated July 2016


Project Type Title Description Awardee City State Project Start Date Project End Date