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February 18, 2019

If you are responding to the Department of Energy’s FY19 Phase I Release 2 Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), you are in the final stages of wrapping up and ensuring your proposal is ready for submission by Monday, February 25th. Since this week is all about finalizing and reviewing, we wanted to send along some helpful guidance for the week ahead.

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 this last month of preparation:
 
Tutorial 30: How Should I Prepare the Project Summary/Abstract?
The project summary or abstract that you prepare as part of your DOE SBIR/STTR application is very important since the abstract WILL become a public document. The abstract may be posted on DOE and/or SBA’s website. If you are awarded a grant in response to your application, the abstract will also be sent to members of Congress or State Governors. This tutorial guides you on how to best prepare this document.
 
Tutorial 31: Is it Useful to Have my Proposal Reviewed?
The short answer is of course, yes! However, this tutorial goes a few steps further and asks you to garner feedback based on the criteria used by DOE when evaluating your proposal. This includes strength of the scientific/technical approach, ability to carry out the project in an efficient manner, and impact. For more details, this tutorial is a must!
 
Tutorial 33: If I Don’t Win, Should I get a Debrief and Try Again?
Approximately one out of ten Phase I SBIR or STTR proposals submitted to the Department of Energy will receive an award. Therefore, there’s a very real chance that your first proposal won’t win. When you receive an e-mail from the Department of Energy notifying you that you have not won – should you give up? The answer to that question is simple – NO – you should not give up. You will be disappointed given the amount of effort that you put into developing your application – but you should not give up. This tutorial discusses next steps.
 
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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