In May, the US Department of Energy (DOE) announced “the awarding of 219 grants totaling $34 million” for Phase I suppliers. The money went to support the DOE’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs “dispersed among 183 small businesses in 41 states.” In July, the DOE expanded its support into Phase II research and development. The selections included 95 grants awarded to 80 of the original 183 small firms.
The small businesses were selected to continue based on their ability to demonstrate “technical feasibility for innovations during their Phase I grants competed for funding for prototype or processes development during Phase II. In addition, prior Phase II awardees competed for sequential Phase II awards to continue prototype and process development.” These awards will be dispersed over a two year period with the median amount totaling $1,000,000.