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Clean Tech SBIR: Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) for the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

The best-kept funding secret for minority- and woman-owned businesses?

Could your firm use $1.1-1.7 million? Apply by December 15, 2014!


The federal government supports research at thousands of small innovative businesses through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program. SBIR is a competitive program that links government agencies' needs and missions with funding for the development and commercialization of new ideas and innovative research by diverse small business.

SBIR provides funding to small businesses using a funding ladder similar to that of private sector investors.

"America's business success has occurred because we have so many people with specialized knowledge who are willing to put their money, time and resources on the line for ideas."
— Robert Schiller, NY Times


DOE's SBIR application process starts with a Letter of Intent (LOI), which eligible businesses must file by December 15, 2014. Such businesses must file an LOI to be eligible to submit a full application for a Phase I feasibility grant of up to $225,000. Phase I awardees can then apply for a more substantial Phase II development grant of $1 to $1.5 million.

One major mission of the SBIR program is to foster the participation of underserved populations in science and technology. At DOE, clean energy technologies are being developed within the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE). Supporting the participation of woman- and minority-owned businesses in the clean energy technology (CleanTech) sector is a key focus of the EERE SBIR Team.

We can help you navigate the SBIR process to grow your business and/or take your new technology to the next level.

If you are applying for the first time, find out if you're eligible.

If yes, please note the following deadlines and linked background materials

  • Topic release: October 27, 2014
  • Informational Webinar on Topics: November TBD, 2014
  • Funding Opportunity Announcement: November 24, 2014
  • FOA Webinar: December TBD, 2014
  • Letter of Intent deadline: December 15, 2014
  • Application (requires LOI) deadline: February 3, 2015

If you already have a Phase I SBIR grant, find out your options.

If you are finishing your Phase II SBIR grant and wondering what to do next, find out your options.

FY 2014 Phase II Release 2+ EERE Awards

The EERE Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) team has recommended that 14 Phase II proposals be awarded.  Although most of the awards are from EERE’s part of the Release 2 Solicitation, two are from the Broad Based Solicitation (Release 3) and one is EERE’s first “sequential” (4 year) Phase II award.  Women-owned and socially and economically disadvantaged firms continue to be strongly represented among the selectees.

FY 2014 Phase I Release 2 EERE Awards

The EERE Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) team has recommended that 40 Phase I proposals from EERE’s part of the Phase I Release 2 Solicitation be awarded. These 40 awards would represent a diverse group with 11% from underrepresented states, 10% from socially and economically disadvantaged small businesses, and 8% from woman-owned business.  This group also includes the first ever “Technology Topic Opportunity” award where the topic is based on DOE laboratory intellectual property rather than on a program goal.  As such it is a true Technology to Market award.

FY 2014 Phase II Release 3 Awards

The EERE Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) team has recommended that 17 Phase II proposals from EERE’s Broad Based Solicitation be awarded. These 17 awards represent the best of the nearly 1,000 ideas submitted for the FY 2012/13 Broad Based Topic Solicitation. That solicitation (also known as “Release 3”) was an experiment begun by EERE Acting Assistant Secretary Henry Kelly in 2012 after his six-city nationwide small business "listening tour." The intent of the Broad Based Topic solicitation was to ask for a broad—almost wide open—set of solutions to the most challenging problems faced by the EERE Tech Offices.