The Energy Department (DOE) has awarded 82 grants totaling $99 million for research and development in support of small businesses. The funds are part of DOE’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. Grant recipients enter Phase II research and development in various areas of technology.

Funds were awarded to 69 small businesses in 26 states, DOE said in a release. The businesses had demonstrated technical feasibility for innovations using Phase I grants. In addition, prior Phase II awardees competed for sequential Phase II awards to continue prototype and process development.  The median Phase II award is $1 million for a period of two years.    

Highlighted below are selected grants for each of the research and development programs that provided funding for these projects:

  • Office of Basic Energy Sciences

  • Office of Biological and Environmental Research

    • Portable, Low Power Soil Gas Analyzer

    • Portable Nanowire Platform for Quasi Real-Time and Ultrasensitive Detection of Microbes

    • Integrated Nanomembrane-based Chemical Field Effect Transistors for Groundwater Monitoring

  • Office of Nuclear Physics

    • Accurate Spin Tracking on Modern Computer Architectures for Electron-Ion Colliders

    • Distributed Digital Data Acquisition System with Network Time Synchronization

    • Radiation-hardened High Speed Camera System for Accelerator Beam Diagnostics
  • Office of Advanced Scientific Computing

    • Photonic Memory Controller Module

    • Correlating and Analyzing Network Data through Interpretable Decompositions

    • A Cloud-based Platform for High-Resolution Imagery Management

 The SBIR and STTR programs were created by Congress to leverage small businesses to advance innovation at federal agencies. Additional information on the DOE SBIR and STTR programs is available here. More information about the projects is available here.