ROCHESTER, N.Y. — The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) this week released its 2016 SBIR/STTR Phase I Release I Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA).

To view the FOA and corresponding deadlines, visit DOE’s SBIR/STTR Phase 0 Assistance Program is accepting applications from eligible small businesses in tandem with this release.

DOE’s aim is to increase the number of responsive, high quality proposals submitted to the Department of Energy within targeted states with historically low SBIR/STTR submissions to the DOE, and amongst women and minority-owned businesses.

The Phase 0 program is designed to assist small businesses with the preparation of a compelling proposal for consideration of federal SBIR dollars.

“Some of these underrepresented states may surprise people, so we encourage eligible small businesses to see if they are eligible for Phase 0 services, which can greatly enhance the chances of winning a Small Business Innovation Research or a Small Business Technology Transfer award,” explains Jenny C. Servo, Ph.D., President of Dawnbreaker, which administers the Phase 0 Program for DOE. “A member of the Dawnbreaker team will customize a suite of services for each company based on its particular needs.”

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.

In addition, the Department of Energy is hosting two upcoming webinars – the first will take place Friday, August 21 on the Funding Opportunity Announcement. To register for the webinar, visit The second webinar will be hosted on August 28 and will focus on indirect rates.

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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