California-based Heliotrope is one of many small businesses that have been supported by the Energy Department’s SBIR’s program. | Heliotrope Technologies

The federal government supports research at thousands of small innovative businesses through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. SBIR/STTR 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.
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Current SBIR Projects

HVAC, Water Heating, and Appliances

Windows & Envelope

Lighting & Daylighting

Small Business Vouchers Pilot Projects


Previous Topics

Fiscal Year 2016 Topics
  • Energy Efficient Solid-State Lighting Luminaires, Products, and Systems
  • Technologies for Sensing and Managing Indoor Air Quality in Buildings
Fiscal Year 2015 Topics
  • Energy Efficient Solid-State Lighting Luminaires, Products, and Systems
  • Integrated Storage and Distributed Generation for Buildings
Fiscal Year 2014
  • Integrating Energy Efficient Solid-State Lighting with Advanced Sensors, Controls and Connectivity 
  • Advanced Manufacturing Processes to Reduce Soft Costs of Energy-Efficient Building Envelope Technologies for Retrofitting Existing Buildings
  • Integrating Advanced Whole-building Energy Simulation into End-user Workflows and Tools 
Fiscal Year 2013
  • Energy Conservation Applications for Solid-State Lighting (especially OLEDs)
  • Low-Cost Solar Cogeneration Systems for Residential and Commercial Buildings Applications
Fiscal Year 2012
  • Solid State Lighting (SSL) Devices and Packages
  • Cold Climate Air Source Heat Pumps
  • High COP Electric Water Heater
  • GSHP Loop Cost Reduction
  • Fast Payback Solar Water Heaters
  • Building Envelope Materials
  • Building Controls
  • Commercial Building Power Meters

Technology Manager

Mohammed Khan
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Businesses from states with historically low SBIR submissions, along with women- and minority-owned businesses nationally, could be eligible to receive help under DOE's new Phase 0 Assistance Program. Learn more.