The Energy Department recently announced 34 topic areas for new Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) research and development projects. Through the upcoming Fiscal Year 2019 Phase I, Release 2, the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) will provide up to $20 million for 12 topics, of which eight topic areas and approximately $3 million will be supported by EERE’s Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO). SBIR and STTR programs create pathways for AMO to engage with the private sector to advance scientific discoveries and develop and commercialize manufacturing solutions.
AMO will fund four of the 12 subtopics – (1) manufacturing cybersecurity; (2) atomic precision for gaseous separations; (3) covetic processing of critical materials and strategic materials; and (4) electrochemical recycling electronic constituents of value – and will partner with EERE’s Solar Energy Technologies Office, Geothermal Technologies Office, and Fuel Cell Technologies Office on four other topic areas.
Small businesses play a major role in spurring innovation and creating jobs in the U.S. economy. Congress created the SBIR and STTR programs to leverage small businesses to advance innovation at federal agencies. DOE developed Technology Transfer Opportunity subtopics as a way for small businesses to partner with national laboratories on research and development needed to speed commercialization of national laboratory inventions. Additional information on the DOE SBIR and STTR programs is available here.
More information about the FY 2019 Phase I, Release 2 topics is available here.
EERE’s Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) supports early-stage research to advance innovation in U.S. manufacturing and promote American economic growth and energy security.