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Funding for Small Business Energy Innovations

SBIR/STTR Funding for Renewable Energy Technologies and Energy Efficiency in Buildings

The Energy Department’s funding opportunity—FY 2012 SBIR/STTR Phase I (Release 3) —with the EERE topic areas highlighted in this webinar will be issued in early April.

SBIR and STTR are programs in which federal agencies with large research and development budgets set aside a fraction of their funding for competitions among small businesses. Small businesses that win awards in these programs keep the rights to any technologies they develop and are encouraged to commercialize them. The programs help small businesses bring innovative technologies to market that help spur economic growth and diversify the nation's energy portfolio.

Each year, DOE issues up to three solicitations (releases) inviting small businesses to apply for SBIR/STTR Phase I grants. They contain technical topics in research areas including renewable energy technologies and energy efficiency in buildings, vehicles, and advanced manufacturing. Grant applications submitted by small businesses must respond to a specific topic and subtopic during the time period that a solicitation is open. CLICK HERE for more information.

DOE Solar Sun Shots Program

The SunShot Incubator program is designed to help small businesses make the leap from a great idea to the alpha/prototype phase or to the launch of their project, and thus accelerate the next generation of solar energy products into the market within a few years. Through the Incubator program, SunShot successfully leverages the expertise, capabilities, and facilities of DOE’s National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) and other national labs to support small businesses as they transition to industry

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DOE Funding for Innovative Building Technologies

As part of the Obama Administration's blueprint for an American economy built to last, Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced the availability of up to $5.2 million in fiscal year 2012 to develop improved building efficiency technologies, including advanced heating and cooling systems and high efficiency insulation, windows and roofs. This funding will advance the research, development, demonstration, and manufacture of innovative building technologies to speed the commercialization of affordable, high performance products that will save money for American families and businesses.

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The majority of DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) financial opportunities are for business, industry, and universities. CLICK HERE for a complete listing.

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