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November 6, 2018

ROCHESTER, NY (November 6, 2018) – The Department of Energy (DOE) is proud to re-launch its Phase 0 SBIR/STTR assistance program for the FY19 Phase I Release 2 Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA). The overall goal of the DOE Phase 0 Assistance Program is to increase the number of responsive, high quality proposals submitted to the DOE from all first-time DOE SBIR/STTR applicants.

“We are excited to once again kick off the DOE Phase 0 Program and help these small businesses maximize their chances of securing federal funding through the SBIR and STTR programs,” says Christopher O’Gwin, Outreach Program Manager of the DOE SBIR/STTR Programs Office. “By opening the program to all eligible first-time small business applicants, we are pleased to be able to offer these services to a larger number of people and technologies.”

The Phase 0 program is administered by Dawnbreaker. Business Coaches will work one on one with companies who have a technology related to a DOE need and help them to prepare a compelling SBIR/STTR proposal.

Participant services are tailored based on need and include:

  • Letter of Intent writing assistance,
  • Phase I Proposal Preparation, Review and Registration,
  • Market Research Assistance, and
  • Small Business Development Training, and Mentoring, among others.

DOE’s Phase 0 services are free to participants and designed to be complementary to state assistance and may be used in tandem with services provided by professional organizations, SBDCs, universities, incubators, and other state organizations.

Please visit to review the full list of eligibility requirements and to apply for Phase 0 services. The official Funding Opportunity Announcement will be released on Monday, November 26th, however you may view the full list of topics at:

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