The Energy Department will present a live webinar on Monday, March 19, that will provide detailed information on energy efficiency and renewable energy R&D topics for small businesses interested in an upcoming funding opportunity. The webinar will feature an introduction by Dr. Henry Kelly, DOE’s Acting Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. Entitled Topics for DOE’s FY 2012 SBIR/STTR Phase I (Release 3), this webinar will provide an overview of energy efficiency and renewable energy topics proposed to be included in the third release of fiscal year 2012 Phase I funding from the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. The webcast will take place on Monday, March 19, from 2-4 p.m. Eastern.
The webinar will begin with opening remarks by Dr. Kelly, followed by a presentation on the purpose and mission of the upcoming solicitation by Manny Oliver, SBIR/STTR Programs Office Director. Program specialists from the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) will be on hand to discuss the eight topics areas and 30 available subtopics planned under the solicitation and to address questions submitted in advance by webinar registrants and others. It will conclude with a live question and answer session with the webinar participants. Questions can be submitted during the registration process here. The two-hour webcast is free of charge, but advance registration is required to obtain an Internet URL for the presentation.
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.
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. More information is available on the Office of Science’s SBIR/STTR website, including an overview of the energy efficiency and renewable energy research topics.