The Energy Department (DOE) will award grants totaling $30 million to small businesses researching technical feasibility of new innovations in energy sciences, nuclear physics, scientific computing, and biological and environmental research. The DOE will award 179 grants through its Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer programs. Selections for Phase I research and development include projects involving photonic storage, quantum dots, water fracking and cyber-security. The Phase I grants are 6-12 months in duration with a median award amount of $150,000.  Successful Phase I grantees will be eligible to apply for Phase II awards in FY 2019 that will allow them to develop novel prototypes or processes to validate their Phase I research findings. Phase II grants will have a median award amount of $1 million and a duration of up to two years. More information about the projects announced today is available here.