The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) provides funding opportunities for advanced vehicle technology projects that are aimed at removing technical and cost barriers. Much of the funding available to the Vehicle Technologies Office is distributed to private firms, educational institutions, nonprofit organizations, state and local governments, Native American organizations, and individuals, through competitive solicitations. DOE is strongly committed to partnerships to help ensure the eventual market acceptance of the technologies being developed. New solicitations are announced regularly.
Vehicle Technologies Office Solicitations
Small Business Innovations Research and Small Business Technology Transfer
The Small Business Innovations Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) are U.S. Government programs in which federal agencies with large research and development (R&D) budgets set aside a small fraction of their funding for competitions among small businesses only. Small businesses that win awards in these programs keep the rights to any technology developed and are encouraged to commercialize the technology. The objectives of SBIR/STTR programs include increasing private sector commercialization of technology developed through DOE-supported research and development, stimulating technological innovation in the private sector, and improving the return on investment from federally funded research for economic and social benefits to the nation. DOE will support high-quality research, or research and development, on advanced concepts concerning important mission-related scientific or engineering problems and opportunities that are likely to lead to significant public benefit if the research is successful.
State Energy Program
The State Energy Program (SEP) provides grants to states and directs funding to state energy offices from technology programs in DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. States use grants to address their energy priorities and program funding to adopt emerging renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies.The SEP combines DOE's energy expertise with the local wisdom of the states across a panorama of energy-related projects. This funding source can be searched either by sector, or by state.
State Technologies Advancement Collaborative
The National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO), the Association of State Energy Research and Technology Transfer Institutions (ASERTTI), and DOE signed an agreement on November 14, 2002, that allows states, territories, and the federal government to better collaborate on energy research, development, demonstration, and deployment projects. The signing ceremony established a State Technologies Advancement Collaborative (STAC) agreement enabling the states and DOE to move energy research, development, demonstration, and deployment forward by using an innovative project selection and funding process. For more information about STAC, contact Michele New at NASEO.