DOE Announces Third Round Small Business Voucher Pilot Program

October 27, 2016

The Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) has launched the third round of the Small Business Vouchers (SBVs) pilot program. In this round of funding, DOE will commit up to $5 million in technical assistance from DOE national labs to help bring the next generation of clean technologies to market in nine technical areas of interest. Proposals are due November 10. For the third round, EERE hopes to increase new small businesses collaborating with the DOE national laboratories. As such, small businesses with little to no experience working with the DOE national labs are strongly encouraged to submit requests for assistance.

Over three rounds, DOE will provide up to $20 million to support approximately 100 small businesses by issuing national lab vouchers valued between $50,000 and $300,000 per company. Activities supported under the SBV program include:

  • Prototyping;
  • Materials characterization;
  • High performance computations;
  • Modeling and simulations;
  • Intermediate scaling to generate samples for potential customers;
  • Validation of technology performance; and,
  • Designing new ways to satisfy regulatory compliance.
dept of energy, small business, cleantech