Funding Opportunity Released for 2009 SBIR Phase I Projects

October 2, 2008

The U.S. Department of Energy has released the 2009 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I funding opportunity, which includes topics related to solid-state lighting (SSL). The SBIR program seeks to increase the participation of small businesses in federal research and development. Phase I projects evaluate the scientific or technical merit and feasibility of ideas with commercial potential.

The 2009 SBIR topic area related to SSL has four main areas of interest – two focusing on SSL products and two on SSL core technologies:

  • SSL products for general illumination applications
  • “Off-grid” SSL products (ideas that completely remove electric loads from the grid by pairing SSL devices with photovoltaic or other renewable sources)
  • Core technology for light emitting diodes (LEDs)
  • Core technology for organic light emitting diodes (OLEDs)

Proposals are due November 20, 2008, and grants will be made in FY09. For more information on this funding opportunity, visit the SBIR website at