The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) will be issuing SBIR/STTR topics on July 20th, 2015 for the upcoming FY16 Phase I Release I Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA). In tandem with this date, DOE’s SBIR/STTR Phase 0 Assistance Program will begin accepting applications from eligible small businesses.

As the only federal Phase 0 assistance program, DOE’s initiative is designed to increase the number of responsive, high quality proposals submitted to the DOE within targeted states with historically low SBIR/STTR submissions to the DOE, and amongst women and minority-owned businesses.

“We have expanded not only our platform of services this time around, but also our reach in an effort to give more companies the assistance needed to submit a compelling and successful DOE Phase I proposal,” explains Jenny C. Servo, Ph.D., President of Dawnbreaker, which administers the Phase 0 Program for DOE. “In addition, DOE is rolling out its brand new Online Tutorials this month, which are free for anybody to use, regardless of whether or not they are accepted into the DOE Phase 0 program.”

The Online Tutorials address common questions and concerns when dealing with the DOE SBIR/STTR application process, such as why you need a Letter of Intent, how to select a Principal Investigator, and when you should contact the DOE Topic Manager.

Phase 0 services provided may include assistance with preparing a Letter of Intent (LOI), communication and market research, DOE SBIR/STTR proposal preparation and submission, small business development training and mentoring, technology advice and consultation, intellectual property consultation, and assistance with calculating indirect rates and financials. A customized suite of services will be provided to each company, based on its specific needs. A member of the Dawnbreaker team will assess which services are most appropriate during the application process.

Beginning July 20th, 2015, companies and entrepreneurs may apply for services directly by completing a simple online form available at For more information on the DOE Phase 0 Assistance Program, or to see if you are eligible to receive services, please visit our website at:

Derick Lila
Derick is a Clark University graduate—and Fulbright alumni with a Master's Degree in Environmental Science, and Policy. He has over a decade of solar industry research, marketing, and content strategy experience.

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