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.

Current SBIR Projects

HVAC, Water Heating, and Appliances

Windows & Envelope

Lighting & Daylighting

Small Business Vouchers Pilot Projects


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
Technology Project Officer
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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.