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Department of Energy Announces $95 Million in Small Business Research and Development Grants

July 16, 2018

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95 Grants Will Advance National and Energy Security

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced that it will award 95 grants totaling $95 million to 80 small businesses in 26 states.  Funded through DOE’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs, today’s selections are for Phase II research and development.  

Small businesses that demonstrated 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.  The median Phase II award is $1,000,000 for a period of two years.   

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

  • Office of Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation
    • Free Piston Linear Motor Whole Air Compressor for Treaty Monitoring
    • Novel Low-Cost Medical Accelerator Designs for Use in Challenging Environments
  • Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability
    •  Rapid Assessment of Distribution Line Damage via Autonomous UAV
    • Transmission Incipient Detection and Fault Location
  • Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
    • Demonstration of Combinatorial Additive Manufacturing Approach for the Design of Alloys
    • Abrasion/Impact Resistant Coatings for Wind Turbine Blade Protection
  • Office of Fossil Energy
    • Passive Acoustic Metamaterial Proppants for Advanced Fracture Diagnostics
    • E-Blockchain: A Scalable Platform for Secure Energy Transactions and Control
  • Office of Fusion Energy Sciences
    • High Capacity, Liquid Cooled All Metal Tritium Scroll Vacuum Pump
    • Micro-engineered Textured Armor for Plasma-Facing Components
  • Office of High Energy Physics
    • Novel Coating Technologies for Neutrino Focusing Horns
    • High Efficiency Klystrons for Accelerator Applications
  • Office of Nuclear Energy
    • Advanced Metallic-Silicon Carbide Composite Claddings for Improved Damage Tolerance
    • Remote Repair of Sealed Containers or Dry Storage Casks Containing Used Nuclear Fuel

Small businesses play a major role in spurring innovation and creating jobs in the U.S. economy.  The SBIR and STTR programs were created by Congress to leverage small businesses to advance innovation at federal agencies. Additional information on DOE's SBIR and STTR programs is available HERE. 

More information about the projects announced today is available HERE.