Small Business Can Apply for Technical Assistance from DOE Labs

Voucher program helps bring innovative clean energy products to market

Johanna Wolfson, Technology-to-Market Director in the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) launched the pilot’s third round on October 10 at South By Southwest Eco (SXSW Eco) in Austin, Texas. The pilot, part of EERE’s Lab Impact portfolio, aims to help small businesses bring next-generation clean energy technologies to market faster by giving them access to expertise and tools at national labs.

The SBV Pilot opened its first funding round in fall 2015 and launched its second last spring. Since then, 76 small businesses from 25 states have been awarded a total of $14.7 million in vouchers.

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Businesses New to DOE Encouraged to Apply

For this third round, EERE hopes to increase the number of small businesses collaborating with the DOE national laboratories. As such, small businesses with little to no experience working with the DOE national laboratories are strongly encouraged to submit a Request for Assistance(RFA).

Individual vouchers range from $50,000 to $300,000 per small business and can be used to perform collaborative research or access to lab instrumentation or facilities. Companies selected must also provide a 20 percent, in-kind cost share for completing voucher work.

Businesses interested in SBV funding must be U.S.-based and U.S.-owned, with no more than 500 fulltime employees worldwide. $12 million is available for vouchers in rounds three and four. Companies have until November 10 to submit RFAs.

To learn more about the DOE labs and the process to submit a RFA, please visit the SBV website.