The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) grants follow a funding ladder like that of other technology investors. EERE Phase I funding awards provide up to $200,000. EERE Phase II funding awards provide up to $1.1 million. Awards known as sequential Phase II awards can provide up to an additional $2.2 million. In some circumstances, a Phase III award of several million may be made at the discretion of the U.S. Department of Energy.
|Phase I||Proof of concept or refinement of proof of concept, including prototype development||Explores feasibility of innovative concepts or prototype construction. Concentrate on research that will contribute to proving scientific or technical feasibility of the concept, but may involve the development of a working prototype.|
$200,000 over nine months
|Phase II –initial||Full research and development, including advanced prototypes|
Main R&D effort. Now called “initial Phase II” to distinguish it from sequential. Only recipients of Phase I awards may compete for Phase II funding.Should result in a working prototype, where applicable.
$1.1 million over two years.Depending on technology.
|Phase II – second||Full research and development continuation||Two types of second or sequential Phase IIA and Phase IIB grants. Phase IIA grants continue the current research, whereas Phase IIB grants aid in commercialization of the technology.|
$1.1 million over two years
Full research and development with high potential for commercialization
Third Phase II aka Phase IIC- sequential for continued R&D toward commercialization similar review criteria as Phase IIB, For SBIR program only. Matching funds may come from a small business other than applicant, a venture capital firm, an individual investor, a non-SBIR federal, state or local government, or any combination thereof.
1:1 matching funds only over two years