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November 26, 2018

As many of you are aware, the Department of Energy’s FY19 Phase I Release 2 Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for the SBIR and STTR programs is set to be released on Monday, November 26th. It is our goal to help you submit a compelling and successful proposal to DOE, and in that spirit, we are sending along some helpful guidance.

Since the DOE SBIR/STTR proposal process is guided by the FOA schedule as found on http://science.energy.gov/sbir/funding-opportunities/, certain tutorials are more relevant now, while others will be relevant in the future. The following recommendations will be helpful for this week leading up to the FOA release:
 
Tutorial 5: Should I Talk to Topic Managers?
This Tutorial focuses on when, and how, you should reach out to speak with the Topic Manager - the person at DOE who is responsible for managing the topic and making award decisions. Having a conversation with the Topic Manager helps you make the decision on which topics to respond to when it appears that there are multiple topics that seem appropriate. Most importantly, your discussions with the Topic Manager can help you determine if your technological approach is meeting the criteria set out in the subtopic of interest. This conversation is also an opportunity to learn more about a particular subtopic from the Topic Manager’s perspective as it may be related to your idea or technology.
 
Tutorial 12: What are the required registrations?
You may have a world-class proposal, but without completing the required registrations, you won’t even be able to submit your application to DOE. There are seven registrations in total; this tutorial guides you through each one and ensures you’re not scrambling at the last minute. 
 
Tutorial 13: How do you Prepare a Letter of Intent?
Since a Letter of Intent (LOI) is mandatory in order to submit a Phase I SBIR or STTR grant application to DOE, it’s important to know what the agency is looking for within an LOI. This tutorial takes you through all the necessary components.
 
Want to see how an experienced firm with a proven track record of winning SBIR/STTR grants responds to a FOA? We did the investigating for you! Check out Alameda Applied Sciences and listen to their best practices on how to put together a winning proposal! http://www.doesbirlearning.com/alameda-applied-sciences/
 
As always, if you need assistance, you may contact the DOE SBIR/STTR Help Desk at SBIR-STTR@science.doe.gov or call (301) 903-5707 between the hours of 8:30 am and 5pm Eastern, Monday - Friday.

Please look for more assistance in the coming weeks!

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