Organizations and individuals are encouraged to submit proposals which are relevant to the Department of Energy’s (DOE) research and development mission either in response to formal DOE solicitations and opportunity announcements or through self-generated unsolicited proposals. These opportunities are open to both large and small businesses. The National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), Pittsburgh Office, has operational responsibility of the DOE Unsolicited Proposal Program. All unsolicited proposals should be forwarded by Email to NETL also publishes and maintains a Guide for Submission of Unsolicited Proposals to assist businesses in preparation of their unsolicited proposals.

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In addition to the small business data that are counted toward the Small Business Administration (SBA) Small Business Scorecard, the pie chart shows that DOE is involved in engaging small businesses in science and technology grants, initiatives, and other non-contract areas not currently included in the SBA Scorecard calculations. 

These other programs supported over $905 million of additional obligations to small businesses in FY 2019.  As a part of the Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) Third Strategic Objective, the following provides information on these non-OSDBU programs that support increasing DOE engagement with small businesses.

 1.  Information on the Agency’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) grant programs managed by the Office of Science at DOE.
 2.  A related DOE grants program managed by the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) has guidance for small business innovators.  

 3.  The Office of Technology Transitions (OTT) also has resources at the Agency’s Laboratories for small business innovators to engage with. 
The OSDBU team will continue to publicize these additional opportunities for small businesses to engage in the substantive work of DOE.