Small businesses interested in applying for an Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)/Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) grant must meet eligibility criteria to participate.

Eligibility Criteria

Only U.S. small businesses are eligible to participate in the SBIR program. An SBIR/STTR awardee must meet the following criteria at the time of Phase I and Phase II awards:

  • Be independently owned and operated
  • Be organized for-profit
  • Have its principal place of business in the United States
  • Be a small business with 500 or fewer employees, including affiliates
  • Phase I awardees with multiple prior awards must meet the benchmark requirements for progress toward commercialization
  • Present ideas that align with EERE’s mission.

If you determine you are eligible to apply for an SBIR funding opportunity and you have an idea that falls into one of EERE’s funding opportunity topics, you will need to complete required registrations.

If you are applying for an SBIR grant for the first time, especially if you are a minority-owned or women-owned small business, or a small business from an under-represented state, you may be able to receive assistance with completing your Phase I application through DOE’s Phase 0 assistance program. Learn more. 

In addition, the DOE SBIR/STTR Phase I Proposal Prep site is also available to help teach small businesses how to prepare a proposal in response to the DOE Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA). Learn more. 

Frequently Asked Questions on DOE’s SBIR/STTR Program.