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who is eligible?

Given the goals of this program – there are a variety of eligibility criteria:

  • U. S. Women-owned or U. S. socially and economically disadvantaged small businesses, located anywhere in the U. S. and its territories that work with advanced technologies,
  • OR
  • any U. S. small, advanced technology firms currently located in the following under represented states, districts, and territories: AK, DC, GA, HI, IA, ID, IN, KS, LA, ME, MN, MS, MT ,NC, ND, NE, NY, OK, PA, PR, RI, SC, SD, WA, WI
  • AND
  • has NEVER received a DOE SBIR/STTR award.


The following states, districts and territories are currently identified by the DOE SBIR/STTR Programs Office as under represented in terms of the number of applications received and awarded DOE SBIR/STTR grants: Alaska, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Washington, Washington DC, and Wisconsin

A WOSB is a small business concern that is at least 51 percent directly and unconditionally owned and controlled by one or more women who are citizens (born or naturalized) of the United States.

Under the Small Business Act (15 USC 637), the U.S. Federal government defines the following socially and economically disadvantaged small business ownership as:

  • Black Americans
  • Hispanic Americans
  • Native Americans (Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, or enrolled members of a Federally or State recognized Indian Tribe)
  • Asian Pacific Americans (persons with origins from Burma, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Brunei, Japan, China (including Hong Kong), Taiwan, Laos, Cambodia (Kampuchea), Vietnam, Korea, The Philippines, U.S. Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands (Republic of Palau), Republic of the Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, Samoa, Macao, Fiji, Tonga, Kiribati, Tuvalu, or Nauru); and
  • Subcontinent Asian Americans (persons with origins from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, the Maldives Islands or Nepal)

This coverage extends only to socially and economically disadvantaged citizens of the United States or those who have been lawfully admitted permanent U.S. residency (13 CFR 124.103).

The DOE Phase 0 Assistance Program is currently on hold due to lack of funding.

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