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U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Rick Perry announced the availability of 86 grants worth $95 million to be awarded to 74 small businesses in 21 states. 

Funded through DOE’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs, the grants are for Phase II research and development. 

The grants are for small businesses that have demonstrated technical feasibility for innovations during their Phase I grants and need funding for prototype or processes development during Phase II.  In addition, previous Phase II awardees competed for sequential Phase II awards to continue prototype and process development.  The median Phase II award is $1,000,000 for a period of two years.   

The following are the selected grants for each of the research and development programs that provided funding for these projects:

Office of Advanced Scientific Computing

The grants are for Photonic-Storage Subsystem Input/Output Interface, Network Measurement and Congestion Analysis and Seamless Cross-Technology Communication Platform for Internet of Things Applications

Office of Basic Energy Sciences

The grants are for Atomically Smooth Surfaces as Substrates for Advanced Neutron Supermirrors, Optimization of Focusing Systems for Ultrafast Electron Microscopy and High Performance Membrane Heat Exchangers for HVAC

Office of Biological and Environmental Research

The grants are for Breakthrough Photo-thermal Modulation-based IR Microscope for Sub-micron Characterization of Cellular Metabolism and Chemical Processes within Cells, High-Speed, Nanoscale Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry and Profiling Airborne Microwave Radiometer for Atmospheric and Cloud Research

Office of Nuclear Physics

The grants are for Radiation Hardened Infrared Focal Plane Arrays, Precise and Ultra-stable Laser Polarization Control for Polarized Electron Beam Generation and Low Cost Data Acquisition Synchronization for Nuclear Physics Applications.

The SBIR and STTR programs were created by Congress to encourage small businesses to advance innovation at federal agencies. Additional information on the DOE SBIR and STTR programs is available at the SBIR/STTR Programs Office.

Find more information about the projects here.