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DOE Accepting Applications for Small Business Voucher Pilot Program

September 24, 2015

The Department of Energy (DOE) announced that it is accepting applications for the first round of its Small Business Vouchers Pilot (SBV) program. Under the SBV program, the DOE will commit up to $20 million in technical and research assistance awards to help small businesses bring next-generation clean energy technologies. Companies may apply for and receive up to $300,000 in assistance from U.S. Department of Energy national laboratories nationwide. Assistance will be offered in nine topical areas and can range from materials development to modeling to prototyping and scale-up, and much more. 

DOE intends for this program to increase and enhance laboratory-private sector relationships, increase and streamline access to national laboratory capabilities, and demonstrate the value of lab-developed science and technology. Program eligibility is restricted to U.S.-owned and U.S.-based small businesses (fewer than 500 employees). Companies that receive SBV awards must commit to a 20 percent cost match, which can be in the form of labor. Applications are due October 23. Depending on funding availability, DOE intends to offer businesses up to two additional opportunities to request assistance through the SBV program in 2016. Visit the program’s website: http://energy.gov/eere/lab-impact/downloads/small-business-vouchers-documents-0.

Learn More About the SBV Pilot Program at SSTI’s 2015 Annual Conference
During Maximizing Your Capacity to Support Innovative Companies, our panel of experts will help you develop a strategy for effective collaboration with the U.S. federal research enterprise – regardless of the size and location of your community. Gary Spanner, Manager of the Economic Development Office for Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, will provide you exclusive insight into the SBV pilot program and other ways you can tap into the world's largest innovation network. You don’t want to miss this conference session, but first you have to register for this year’s conference!

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