The federal government supports research at thousands of small innovative businesses through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program. SBIR is a competitive program that links government agencies' needs and missions with funding for the development and commercialization of new ideas and innovative research by diverse small business.
SBIR provides funding to small businesses using a funding ladder similar to that of private sector investors.
"America's business success has occurred because we have so many people with specialized knowledge who are willing to put their money, time and resources on the line for ideas."
— Robert Schiller, NY Times
DOE's SBIR application process starts with a Letter of Intent (LOI), which eligible businesses must file by December 16, 2013. Such businesses must file an LOI to be eligible to submit a full application for a Phase I feasibility grant of up to $225,000. Phase I awardees can then apply for a more substantial Phase II development grant of $1 to $1.5 million.
One major mission of the SBIR program is to foster the participation of underserved populations in science and technology. At DOE, clean energy technologies are being developed within the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE). Supporting the participation of woman- and minority-owned businesses in the clean energy technology (CleanTech) sector is a key focus of the EERE SBIR Team.
We can help you navigate the SBIR process to grow your business and/or take your new technology to the next level.
If you are applying for the first time, find out if you're eligible.
If yes, please note the following deadlines and linked background materials
- Topic release: October 28, 2013
- Informational Webinar on Topics: November 4, 2013
- Funding Opportunity Announcement: November 25, 2013
- FOA Webinar: December 9, 2013
- Letter of Intent deadline: December 16, 2013
- Application (requires LOI) deadline: February 4, 2014
If you already have a Phase I SBIR grant, find out your options.
If you are finishing your Phase II SBIR grant and wondering what to do next, find out your options.