U.S. Department of Energy - Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

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DOE Announces SBIR-STTR Annual Phase I Funding Opportunity for FY11

October 15, 2010

On September 28, 2010, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) issued a $38 million Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for the annual Phase I Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs for Fiscal Year 2011. One of the topic areas is “Production of Bioenergy and Biofuels from Cellulosic and Non-food Biomass.” Grant applications are sought in the following subtopics: Biomass Feedstock Stabilization and Drying; Biomass Torrefaction; Sugar Catalysis to Advanced Biofuels and Chemical Intermediates; and Pyrolytic Thermal Depolymerization.

Under this FOA, DOE expects to award around 250 small businesses with grants. Phase I grants resulting from this competition will be made during Fiscal Year 2011 in amounts up to $150,000 per project for SBIR and up to $100,000 per project for STTR, and DOE anticipates that awards will run for up to 9 months with a start date in June 2011. The purpose of this phase is to evaluate the scientific or technical merit and feasibility of ideas that appear to have commercial potential and/or substantial applications in support of DOE's R&D mission. Success in a DOE Phase I is a prerequisite to further DOE support in Phase II where the funding per project could be up to $1 million. An important goal of these programs is the commercialization of DOE-supported technology and research. 

A description of the opportunity, eligibility requirements, and application instructions can be found on the FedConnect Web site (select "Reference Number," search "DE-FOA-0000413"). To view the Fiscal Year 2011 Technical Topic Descriptions, select this link.  

Applications must be submitted through Grants.gov by no later than 8:00 PM EST on November 15, 2010.