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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.

Definitions

UNDER REPRESENTED STATES
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

WOMEN-OWNED SMALL BUSINESS (WOSB)
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.

SOCIALLY AND ECONOMICALLY DISADVANTAGED-OWNED
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).


DOE Online Learning Guidance for the Week of
December 11th

Dear DOE Phase 0 Online Tutorials user,

Many of you are gearing up to respond to DOE's FY18 Phase I Release 2 Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for the SBIR and STTR programs. Letters of Intent are due just after the holidays on January 8, 2018, and this will be the step where you find out if your technology is responsive to DOE's current needs. For those of you looking to secure federal funding through the DOE SBIR/STTR programs, we have included tutorials that will help you submit an impactful proposal to DOE.

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:

Tutorial 17: Securing Letters of Support
Agencies differ in the value they place upon Letters of Support that a company may secure and include with their proposals. However, as letters of support have become a regular practice with some agencies, this tutorial was created to help you understand the benefits of securing a letter of support, what the different options are, and most importantly, how to go about getting one.

Tutorial 23: Timeline: What should I do after I submit the LOI?
Once you submit your Letter of Intent on January 8, the countdown is on! You only have six weeks to complete your proposal. Aside from all your creative efforts, you have a hefty checklist which you have to follow in order to include all of the required components and complete all of the required registrations. This tutorial is designed to help you formulate a timeline that you can follow right up until the proposal is due on February 26.

Tutorial 34: How do I protect the proprietary information in my grant application?
Before you submit your application to the Department of Energy (DOE) through grants.gov, you must take the time to assure that you have properly marked all proprietary information in your proposal. This tutorial explains why you need to do this, and takes you through the proper steps to ensure your proprietary information is protected.

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 Faraday Technology, Inc. and listen to their best practices on how to put together a winning proposal!
http://www.doesbirlearning.com/faraday-technology-inc/

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!

DOE Online Learning Guidance for the Week of
November 28th

Dear DOE Phase 0 Online Tutorials user,

Applications for DOE's Phase I Release 1 FOA are due next week, Monday, December 4th! As many of you have been working hard on the application process, we wanted to send you a few relevant tutorials that will help you check off everything you should have included.

In addition, DOE has issued its FY18 Phase I Release 2 FOA for the SBIR and STTR programs. With Letters of Intent due January 8, 2018, there is plenty of activity this December! For those of you responding to this FOA, we have included tutorials that might help you in maximizing your chances of winning a federal grant from the Department of Energy.

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:

FOR THOSE FINISHING UP THEIR PHASE I RELEASE 1 PROPOSALS:

Tutorial 9: DOE Application Checklist
It doesn't hurt to check off all the boxes to ensure your proposal has all of the integral parts. Use our handy "Summary of Required Forms and Files" to give your application one last once-over before you submit the application on grants.gov.

Tutorial 27: Completing the Budget Justification Form
The purpose of this tutorial is to assist you in preparing the Budget Justification form submitted as part of your DOE SBIR or STTR application. Since there are many nuances in completing this integral form, this tutorial walks you through the steps and helps you understand the basis for cost estimate and other important terms.

Tutorial 29: Can you give me an overview of all the forms?
This tutorial reviews the relationship of the various grants.gov forms, and documents that must be attached in a DOE Phase I SBIR or STTR application. Most of these forms have one or more attachments that you must prepare and this tutorial will review all of them, along with the various sub-forms that are attachments to other forms.

FOR THOSE INTERESTED IN PHASE I RELEASE 2:

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 6: What should I do once the DOE FOA is released?
Successful proposal preparation requires planning. As soon as the DOE Funding Opportunity Announcement is released, you should begin to map out a schedule of critical tasks. This tutorial helps you map out that schedule, and provides you with a template in the Tools section to assist you.

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!

DOE Online Learning Guidance for the Week of
November 6th

Dear DOE Phase 0 Online Tutorials user,

With Letters of Intent already submitted last week, small businesses looking to respond to DOE’s FY18 Phase I Release 1 FOA should be well into the proposal process. Applications are due on Monday, December 4th, so that means the month of November will be spent writing and solidifying a well thought out and responsive proposal in order to maximize your chance of receiving SBIR/STTR funding!

In addition, topics for the Phase I Release 2 FOA were also released last week, with an anticipated FOA release date of Monday, November 27th. With a very busy end of 2017, we wanted to send you a list of helpful tutorials to guide you on your SBIR/STTR application submission journey, as well as a bonus resource at the end of this email.

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:

Tutorial 12: What are the Required Registrations?
Before an applicant can submit a Phase I SBIR/STTR proposal to DOE, there are 7 registrations that need to be completed. Check out Tutorial 12 to ensure that all 7 registrations are accounted for.
 
Tutorial 15: What are the Principal Investigator Requirements?
One of the struggles for a start-up preparing to submit an SBIR or STTR proposal is to determine who should be the Principal Investigator or PI. In making this decision many things have to be considered: (1) the PIs role in the project, (2) how the credentials of the PI are likely to be perceived by the reviewers, and (3) intellectual property issues. This tutorial reviews the responsibilities of the PI, and addresses these concerns and more.
 
We also recommend Tutorial 20: How do I prepare the project narrative? AND Tutorial 22: What are the elements of a good work plan?
A very important element of your response to a DOE FOA is the Project Narrative. This tutorial will guide you on all of the necessary elements which must be contained within your Project Narrative. Subsequently, the Work Plan is the heart of a Department of Energy SBIR/STTR proposal. It tells the program manager and reviewers how you will do the research, and what you will do in return for the $150K to $225K you will receive to conduct the Phase I research. Your work plan should evolve from two important but very different considerations as you are developing your proposal – Tutorial 22 will take you through both of these.
 
Tutorial 26: What is the Difference between Consultants and Subcontractors?
Subcontractors and consultants can be important contributors to a Phase I DOE SBIR/STTR project. They can bring expertise to the project not found among the employees of the applicant small business, and subcontractors also can provide sophisticated facilities and equipment that the applicant could not otherwise access or afford. But what is the difference between a consultant and a subcontractor? And which one should you use? We discuss all of that in this tutorial!

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 Compact Membrane Systems, Inc. and listen to their best practices on how to put together a winning proposal!
http://www.doesbirlearning.com/compact-membrane-systems/

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!

DOE Online Learning Guidance for the Week of
October 23rd

Dear DOE Phase 0 Online Tutorials user,

The DOE FY18 Phase I Release 1 FOA has been released and Letters of Intent (LOI) are due next Monday, October 30! Small businesses interested in applying for this federal funding only have a little over a month before applications are due on Monday, December 4th.

In tandem with the LOI due date, topics are also being released for the Phase I Release 2 FOA on Monday, October 30th. With a very busy end of 2017, we wanted to send you a list of helpful tutorials to guide you on your SBIR/STTR application submission journey, as well as a bonus resource at the end of this email.

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:

Tutorial 13: How do you Prepare a Letter of Intent?
Before an applicant can submit a Phase I SBIR/STTR proposal to DOE, there are 7 registrations that need to be completed. Check out Tutorial 12 to ensure that all 7 registrations are accounted for.
 
Tutorial 16: How do I put my team in place?
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.
 
Tutorial 14: How do you Prepare a Data Management Plan (DMP)?
One of the attachments that must be submitted with a DOE Phase I SBIR/STTR application is a Data Management Plan, also referred to as a DMP. If you do not include a DMP with your SBIR/STTR application, DOE will assume you do not wish to publically share any data generated as a result of an SBIR/STTR award. However, if you plan to publicly disclose generated digital data, you must provide a DMP. This tutorial will review what needs to go into your DMP, and will explain the rationale behind the process.
 
Tutorial 20: How do I Prepare the Project Narrative?
If you have submitted a DOE SBIR or STTR proposal in the past, don’t make the mistake of assuming that the structure of the project narrative will always be the same – as requirements are enhanced over time. This tutorial instructs you on how to check for this, as well as reviews all of the required compoents and expectations of the project narrative – which is considered the most important element of your response to a DOE FOA.

For those of you who are interested in Release 2, in which the topics will be issued on Monday, October 30th, we find the following tutorial helpful:

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.

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 Faraday, Inc. and listen to their best practices on how to put together a winning proposal!
http://www.dawnbreaker.com/doephase0/faraday.php

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!

DOE Online Learning Guidance for the Week of
October 9th

Dear DOE Phase 0 Online Tutorials user,

The Department of Energy’s FY18 Phase I Release 1 Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is expected to be released this month! We know you’ve all been studying up on the tutorials and are ready to submit a successful Phase I SBIR/STTR proposal to DOE. Still…there’s nothing wrong with a little review, especially on the more trickier subjects like financials and partnering with federal labs. The DOE Phase 0 Program’s Online Tutorials will help you do just this and are aimed at helping those individuals who wish to apply for a Phase I award. 
 
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:
 
Tutorial 12: What are the required registrations?
Before an applicant can submit a Phase I SBIR/STTR proposal to DOE, there are 7 registrations that need to be completed. Check out Tutorial 12 to ensure that all 7 registrations are accounted for.
 
Tutorial 16: How do I put my team in place?
The expectation that DOE is funding high-risk technologies through the SBIR/STTR programs places more attention on the qualifications of the team and requires that you, the applicant, select and present them in the best way possible. The agency is not willing to back a team that appears to be ill-qualified. This tutorial focuses on how to select your team and how to make an honest assessment regarding how the education and experience of your team stacks up relative to the expectations of DOE program managers and their reviewers.
 
Tutorial 21: How do you write a good commercialization plan?
Since the Commercialization Plan is another critical component of a Phase I proposal, this tutorial is designed to help you address the four necessary topics to include: (1) Market Opportunity, (2) Intellectual Property, (3) Company/Team, and (4) Revenue.
 
Tutorial 22: What are the elements of a good DOE work plan?
The DOE Work Plan is the heart of the narrative where proposers describe in detail the R&D steps which will be carried out during Phase I to meet the technical objectives of the Phase I proposal. This tutorial walks you through the must haves.
           
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!

DOE Online Learning Guidance for the Week of
September 26th

Dear DOE Phase 0 Online Tutorials user,

The DOE Phase 0 program is continuing to accept applicants despite the Department of Energy’s FY18 Phase I Release 1 Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) delay. This extended timeline gives those small businesses looking to respond to the solicitation some extra time to prepare in order to maximize their chances of winning a Phase I SBIR or STTR award.


The DOE Phase 0 program has put together a website of Online Tutorials aimed at helping those individuals who wish to apply for a Phase I award.


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:


Tutorial 17: Securing Letters of Support
Agencies differ in the value that they and their reviewers place upon Letters of Support that a company may secure and include with their proposals. However, as letters of support have become a regular practice with some agencies, this tutorial was designed to review the benefits of such a letter, how it may be structured, and how you might go about securing one.


Tutorial 23: What Should I Do After I Submit the LOI?
Once you submit your LOI, you only have six weeks to get everything else in order! This tutorial breaks down week by week, all of the additional steps and registrations needed in order to submit a response Phase I SBIR/STTR proposal. It also reviews different proposal writing methods, how to divide activities among groups, and where to find assistance.


Tutorial 24: Tell me About Facilities and Equipment
Phase I SBIR/STTR applicants seldom devote much attention to the equipment and facilities that will be used in their proposed project. This is unfortunate, because these resources are important in two respects. First, they are considered in the Phase I proposal review and evaluation process which starts with the administrative and technical screening. Second, paying attention to the facilities and equipment is in the self interest of the Phase I SBIR/STTR applicant. This tutorial goes into why this is the case and outlines requirements and restrictions when it comes to facilities and equipment.


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!

DOE Online Learning Guidance for the Week of
September 4th

Dear DOE Phase 0 Online Tutorials user,

DOE’s Phase I Release 1 Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) has just been released, and you’re probably wondering – what can I do to maximize my chances of receiving a grant from the Department of Energy? There are many components to a DOE SBIR or STTR Phase I application, and we understand that novice companies are going to probably need some form of assistance.


The DOE Phase 0 program has put together a website of Online Tutorials aimed at doing just that. While some companies may only need assistance with a few of the trickier areas, such as indirect rates and other financials, other companies may need to review the full range of tutorials, that start at the beginning level and go up to advanced.


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 of August 14, 2017:


Tutorial 6: What should I do once the DOE FOA is released?

Successful proposal preparation requires planning. As soon as the DOE Funding Opportunity Announcement is released, you should begin to map out a schedule of critical tasks. This tutorial helps you map out that schedule, and provides you with a template in the Tools section to assist you.


Tutorial 11: What is the Value in Working with Federal Laboratories?

Federal Laboratories or, as they are commonly called, the National Labs can play an important role in an SBIR or STTR project. In this tutorial, we will focus upon a subset of the Federal Labs referred to as Federally Funded Research and Development Centers or FFRDCs, and discuss how these FFRDCs can contribute to a successful project.


We continue to recommend Tutorial 13: How do you Prepare a Letter of Intent? until the LOI due date of Tuesday, September 5th. Since an LOI is required to submit a Phase I SBIR or STTR grant application to DOE, it’s important to know what the DOE is looking for within an LOI and to ensure you are responsive to the agency’s needs.


Tutorial 17: Securing Letters of Support

Agencies differ in the value that they and their reviewers place upon Letters of Support that a company may secure and include with their proposals. However, as letters of support have become a regular practice with some agencies, this tutorial was designed to review the benefits of such a letter, how it may be structured, and how you might go about securing one.


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!

DOE Online Learning Guidance for the week of
August 1

Dear DOE Phase 0 Online Tutorials user,

With DOE’s Phase I Release 1 Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) set to be released on Monday, August 14th, you should have a clear idea to which topic you will be responding and getting ready to write your mandatory Letter of Intent (LOI). Submitting a proposal to DOE is no small feat; there are many necessary steps both before and during the application process.
 
In order to help you stay on track, the DOE Phase 0 program has put together a website of Online Tutorials aimed at helping companies and entrepreneurs understand what DOE is looking for and to help you maximize your chances of submitting a successful Phase I SBIR/STTR proposal.  
 
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 of August 1, 2017:
 
Tutorial 9: DOE Application Checklist 
The Department of Energy provides considerable information to help its applicants, and one of these documents is referred to as the SBIR/STTR Phase I Application Checklist. In addition, there is a Summary of Required Forms and Files in the FOA itself. This tutorial takes you through this checklist and provides a template to assist you. 

We continue to recommend Tutorial 12: What are the required registrations?

Before an applicant can submit a Phase I SBIR/STTR proposal to DOE, there are 7 registrations that need to be completed. Check out Tutorial 12 to ensure that all 7 registrations are accounted for.

In anticipation of the LOI due date of Tuesday, September 5th, we find that Tutorial 13: How do you Prepare a Letter of Intent? is very helpful for applicants to review. Since an LOI is required to submit a Phase I SBIR or STTR grant application to DOE, it’s important to know what the DOE is looking for within an LOI and to ensure you are responsive to the agency’s needs.

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!

DOE Online Learning Guidance for the week of July 18

Topics for the FY18 Phase I Release I Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) have just been released, so that means it’s time to start thinking about your SBIR/STTR proposal to the Department of Energy (DOE)!


To help you on your journey, the DOE Phase 0 program has put together a website of Online Tutorials aimed at helping companies and entrepreneurs understand what DOE is looking for in terms of a well thought out and responsive Phase I SBIR or STTR proposal. By polishing up on your knowledge and skills, you can maximize your chances of submitting a successful proposal.


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 of July 17, 2017:


For those of you who are still learning the basics of the DOE SBIR/STTR program and considering submitting a Letter of Intent, we ask you to review: 


Tutorial 1: What are the benefits of participating in the SBIR/STTR programs?
Tutorial 2: How do you find the right topics?
Tutorial 3: SBIR or STTR? Which one is right for me?

These first three tutorials cover all of the basics of the DOE SBIR/STTR program, help you decide which topics are right for you, and assist you in determining if it’s best to go after an SBIR award or an STTR award.


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.


Tutorial 12: What are the required registrations?
Before an applicant can submit a Phase I SBIR/STTR proposal to DOE, there are 7 registrations that need to be completed. Check out Tutorial 12 to ensure that all 7 registrations are accounted for.


Tutorial 13: How do you Prepare a Letter of Intent?
Since DOE is unique in its requirement for companies to submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) prior to submitting a Phase I SBIR or STTR grant application, this tutorial is very helpful for applicants to review and goes over what is required in this document.


Tutorial 18: What are the components of a DOE Phase I Application?
This tutorial includes a handy document found on DOE’s website entitled "Instructions for Completing a DOE SBIR/STTR Phase I Grant Application." This document starts with a chart that introduces the components of the documentation applicants need to submit as part of their SBIR or STTR application package and is very helpful to have on the path to completing a Phase I application.


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!

DOE Online Learning Guidance for the week of June 26

Topics for the FY18 Phase I Release I Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) are set to be released Monday, July 17th, and many small businesses are wondering what they can do to maximize their chances of securing funding through the Department of Energy (DOE) SBIR program!


To answer this question, the DOE Phase 0 program has put together a website of Online Tutorials aimed at helping companies and entrepreneurs understand what DOE is looking for in terms of a well thought out and responsive Phase I SBIR or STTR proposal.


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 of June 26, 2017:


Tutorial 4 - What types of businesses are eligible for SBIR/STTR?
To participate in the SBIR or STTR program, an applicant must meet a number of eligibility requirements. These requirements pertain to the applicant itself, its principal investigator, and its subcontractors. This tutorial discusses each of these starting with company eligibility.


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 13: How do you Prepare a Letter of Intent?
Since DOE is unique in its requirement for companies to submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) prior to submitting a Phase I SBIR or STTR grant application, this tutorial is very helpful for applicants to review and goes over what is required in this document.


Tutorial 18 – What are the components of a DOE Phase I Application?
This tutorial includes a handy document found on DOE’s website entitled "Instructions for Completing a DOE SBIR/STTRPhase I Grant Application." This document starts with a chart that introduces the components of the documentation applicants need to submit as part of their SBIR or STTR application package and is very helpful to have on the path to completing a Phase I application.


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!

DOE Online Learning Guidance for the week of March 20

Although the next Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) will not be released by the Department of Energy (DOE) until later this year, it is never too early to start educating yourself on the ins and outs of the federal Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. Submitting a Phase I SBIR/STTR proposal to the DOE requires a multifaceted and disciplined approach.


DOE’s SBIR Online tutorials (http://www.doesbirlearning.com) are aimed at helping individuals and businesses submit a successful Phase I SBIR or STTR proposal to the DOE. 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 of March 20, 2017:


Tutorial 11: What is the value of working with the federal laboratories?
Federal Laboratories can play an important role in your DOE SBIR or STTR project. In Tutorial 11, we focus upon a subset of the Federal Labs referred to as Federally Funded Research and Development Centers or FFRDCs. We review how an FFRDC can contribute to your proposal, how much research they are required to conduct, and other nuances that are important to understand when engaging these subcontractors.


Tutorial 15: What are the Principal Investigator requirements?
One of the struggles for a start-up preparing to submit an SBIR or STTR proposal is to determine who should be the Principal Investigator or PI. In this tutorial, we go over important points in determining your PI by looking at the PI’s role and responsibilities in the project, how the credentials of the PI are likely to be perceived by DOE reviewers, and any intellectual property issues.


Tutorial 16: How do I put my team in place?
The expectation that DOE is funding high-risk technologies through the SBIR/STTR programs places more attention on the qualifications of the team and requires that you, the applicant, select and present them in the best way possible. The agency is not willing to back a team that appears to be ill-qualified. This tutorial focuses on how to select your team and how to make an honest assessment regarding how the education and experience of your team stacks up relative to the expectations of DOE program managers and their reviewers.


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!

DOE Online Learning Guidance for the week of February 27

Although the next Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) will not be released by the Department of Energy (DOE) until later this year, it is never too early to start educating yourself on the ins and outs of the federal Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. Submitting a Phase I SBIR/STTR proposal to the DOE requires a multifaceted and disciplined approach.


DOE’s SBIR Online tutorials (http://www.doesbirlearning.com) are aimed at helping individuals and businesses submit a successful Phase I SBIR or STTR proposal to the DOE. 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 of February 27, 2017:


Tutorial 1: What are the benefits of participating in the SBIR/STTR programs?
Tutorial 2: How do you find the right topic?
Tutorial 3: SBIR or STTR? Which one is right for me?


These first three tutorials cover all of the basics of the DOE SBIR/STTR program, help you decide which topics are right for you, and assist you in determining if it’s best to go after an SBIR award or an STTR award based on the type of research you want to conduct and how your team is structured.


We also recommend Tutorial 4: What types of businesses are eligible for SBIR/STTR?


To participate in the SBIR or STTR program, an applicant must meet a number of eligibility requirements. These requirements pertain to the applicant itself, its principal investigator, and its subcontractors. This tutorial discusses each of these starting with company eligibility.


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!

DOE Online Learning Guidance for the week of February 6

Applications for the Department of Energy’s SBIR/STTR 2017 Phase I Release 2 Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) are due this Tuesday, February 7!


As you are in the final stages of review and submission, we wanted to send you a list of helpful videos from DOE’s SBIR Online Learning web site (http://www.doesbirlearning.com).


DOE’s SBIR Online tutorials are aimed at helping individuals and businesses submit a successful Phase I SBIR or STTR proposal to the DOE. 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 leading up to the SBIR/STTR application submission date:

Tutorial 32: How and when to submit the application?
Your Phase I SBIR/STTR proposal will be submitted through grants.gov, so use this tutorial as a final checklist to ensure all documentation is in the proper format. This is also a helpful tutorial to help you plan out exactly when to submit the application and what to expect during the process.


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, the possibility exists that you will not win. This tutorial helps you to stay focused and look ahead - so if you do receive an e-mail from the Department of Energy notifying you that you have not won, you have a game plan going forward during the next FOA release.


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.


DOE Online Learning Guidance for the week of January 23

Applications for the Department of Energy’s SBIR/STTR 2017 Phase I Release 2 Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) are due on Tuesday, February 7, and you should be nearing the final stages of preparing/reviewing your proposal.


As you are wrapping things up and ensuring your proposal contains everything it needs, we wanted to send you a list of helpful videos from DOE’s SBIR Online Learning web site (http://www.doesbirlearning.com).


DOE’s SBIR Online tutorials are aimed at helping individuals and businesses submit a successful Phase I SBIR or STTR proposal to the DOE. 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 of January 23, 2017:


Tutorial 20: How do I prepare the project narrative?
Since the Project Narrative is the most important element of your response to a DOE FOA, this tutorial is aimed at breaking down the various components, and helping the proposer to write a concise and compelling Project Narrative.


Tutorial 22: What are the elements of a good DOE Work Plan?
The DOE Work Plan is the heart of the narrative where proposers describe in detail the R&D steps which will be carried out during Phase I to meet the technical objectives of the Phase I proposal. This tutorial walks you through the must haves.


Tutorial 21: How do you write a good commercialization plan?
Since the Commercialization Plan is another critical component of a Phase I proposal, this tutorial is designed to help you address the four necessary topics to include: (1) Market Opportunity, (2) Intellectual Property, (3) Company/Team, and (4) Revenue.


Tutorial 27: Completing the Budget Justification Form
This tutorial is very helpful since the budget justification form can get tricky. One of the phrases you will frequently see is this form is the “basis for the cost estimate.” This tutorial focuses on this overriding theme and helps you identify, itemize, estimate, and justify costs.


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.


DOE Online Learning Guidance for the week of January 9

Happy 2017! With applications for the Department of Energy’s SBIR/STTR 2017 Phase I Release 2 Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) due on Tuesday, February 7, you are no doubt hard at work preparing your proposal.


With this important deadline in the near future, we wanted to send you a list of helpful videos from DOE’s SBIR Online Learning web site (http://www.doesbirlearning.com).


DOE’s SBIR Online tutorials are aimed at helping individuals and businesses submit a successful Phase I SBIR or STTR proposal to the DOE. 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 of January 9, 2017:


Tutorial 8: What does a winning DOE Phase I proposal look like?
In this tutorial, we will focus only on the part of the package called the Project Narrative. This is the most important element of your proposal and is where you will spend most of your time.


Tutorial 9: DOE Application Checklist
This tutorial contains a helpful checklist on all sections/tasks that need to be completed and we recommend you use it until the day you submit your proposal via grants.gov.


Tutorial 18: What are the components of a DOE Phase I Application?
This tutorial includes a handy document found on DOE’s website entitled "Instructions for Completing a DOE SBIR/STTRPhase I Grant Application." This document starts with a chart that introduces the components of the documentation applicants need to submit as part of their SBIR or STTR application package and is very helpful to have on the path to completing a Phase I application.


Another helpful Tutorial at this point would be Tutorial 12: What are the Required Registrations? Since applying for a Phase I SBIR/STTR award requires multiple federal system registrations, it’s important to know what is needed and how to develop the appropriate checklist and timelines to ensure you don’t fall behind.


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.


U.S. Department of Energy Phase 0 Program Releases Final Video in Series on How to Write a Successful DOE SBIR/STTR Proposal

ROCHESTER, NY (November 1, 2016) – The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Phase 0 program has released the last video in its highly acclaimed video series focused exclusively on writing winning proposals in response to DOE’s SBIR and STTR Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs). Successful DOE SBIR/STTR Proposal Writing Tips is a three-part video series that highlights different small high-tech R&D companies, each with extensive DOE proposal writing experience. With the addition of Alameda Applied Sciences Corporation, the video series aims to dissect the various approaches companies might take when embarking on the ambitious journey of responding to a DOE FOA.

Alameda Applied Sciences Corporation (AASC) is a small business located in San Leandro, California, and founded in 1994. The company takes a specialized approach to developing its DOE SBIR/STTR proposals. The video, which can be viewed at http://www.dawnbreaker.com/doephase0/alameda.php complements the two previous companies that were profiled and showcases another successful strategy in developing a responsive application to DOE’s highly competitive grants.

“When we originally set out to produce these videos, we wanted to answer the questions we often hear from first-time small business applicants on how to best prepare a Phase I application,” says Chris O’Gwin, SBIR/STTR Commercialization & Outreach Assistance Program Manager at DOE. “So this video series was developed as a way to help these small businesses and to compare and contrast the way successful firms address their proposal writing strategies. There is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ when it comes to responding to a proposal, but companies can use one or some of the tips that work for them.”

In this particular video, Dr. Mahadevan Krishnan, President of AASC answers questions such as – How do you develop a solid commercialization plan? When does the process actually begin when applying for a DOE grant? And how do you involve your team in the process?

“Our goal was to convey diversity when it came to the style of responses, so we selected three different companies across the U.S., each with varying perspectives on how to respond to a DOE FOA,” explains Dr. Jenny C. Servo, President of Dawnbreaker, which administers the Phase 0 Program for DOE.

The overall objective of the DOE Phase 0 program is to increase the number of responsive, high quality proposals submitted to the Department of Energy within targeted states with historically low SBIR/STTR submissions and awards, and amongst women-owned and minority-owned businesses nationally.

Dear DOE Phase 0 Online Tutorials user

Applications for the Department of Energy’s SBIR/STTR 2017 Phase I Release 1 FOA are due Monday, October 17th! In another very important date, the 2017 Phase I Release 2 Topics are set to be released on Monday, October 31. It is no doubt a very busy month! In an effort to finish up those applications, we wanted to send you a list of helpful videos from DOE’s Online Tutorials web site (http://www.doesbirlearning.com).

DOE’s Online Tutorials are aimed at helping individuals and businesses submit a successful Phase I SBIR or STTR proposal to the DOE. Since the DOE SBIR/STTR proposal process is guided by the Funding Opportunity Announcement (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 as we approach the application due date of October 17th:


Tutorial 8 – What does a winning Phase I Proposal look like?

When you respond to a Department of Energy Phase I SBIR/STTR Funding Opportunity Announcement – you will be submitting a proposal package through grants.gov. It is important that you think about your proposal as a package, rather than as one document – because there are various parts to your submission. In this module, we focus only on the part of the package called the Project Narrative. This is the most important element of your proposal and is where you will spend most of your time.


Tutorial 9 – DOE Application Checklist

The Department of Energy provides considerable information to help its applicants – one of which is referred to as the SBIR/STTR Phase I Application Checklist. In addition, there is always a Summary of Required Forms and Files in the Funding Opportunity Announcement itself. It is recommended that you start with the FOA in order to understand the structure of the Phase I proposal submission package, and this module will guide you through that.


Finally, we recommend Tutorial 20 - How do I prepare the project narrative? AND Tutorial 22 – What are the elements of a good work plan?

A very important element of your response to a DOE FOA is the Project Narrative. This tutorial will guide you on all of the necessary elements which must be contained within your Project Narrative. Subsequently, the Work Plan is the heart of a Department of Energy SBIR/STTR proposal. It tells the program manager and reviewers how you will do the research, and what you will do in return for the $150K to $225K you will receive to conduct the Phase I research. Your work plan should evolve from two important but very different considerations as you are developing your proposal – Tutorial 22 will take you through both of these.

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 EST, Monday - Friday.

Please look for more assistance in the coming weeks!

Sincerely,

DOE's Phase 0 Assistance Provider

American Society for Engineering Education, Women in Engineering Division (ASEE – WIED) Partners with the Department of Energy Phase 0 Program

ROCHESTER, NY (April 7, 2016) – The American Society for Engineering Education, Women in Engineering Division (ASEE-WIED) has partnered with the Department of Energy (DOE) Phase 0 SBIR/STTR Assistance Program with the goal of helping more women-owned high technology small businesses compete for federal funding.

Each year, the federal government injects $2.5 billion into U.S. small businesses via the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. By encouraging women to seek DOE SBIR/STTR funding, ASEE-WIED hopes that women can level the uneven playing field and take advantage of this opportunity.

“This partnership will encourage women to leverage the critical services that are so important in the early stages of proposal preparation,” says Dr. Beth Holloway, Chair of the ASEE-WIED as well as Assistant Dean of Purdue University’s College of Engineering. “Services like business mentoring, Letter of Support writing assistance, and SBIR Phase I proposal preparation assistance all increase the likelihood of receiving an SBIR or STTR award.”

ASEE-WIED is encouraging others to recommend the Phase 0 program to any company that might be eligible. These include women and minority owned small businesses, and those companies that reside in underrepresented states. For a full list of eligibility requirements, please visit www.dawnbreaker.com/doephase0/apply.php.

”Partnering with ASEE-WIED is another exciting step for the Phase 0 program,” says Richard Smerbeck, Program Manager for Phase 0. “Not only because of their reputation among women-owned research and development firms, but also their extensive reach within the technology sector.”

Services provided by the DOE Phase 0 initiative are completely funded by the Department of Energy, and are free to eligible small businesses.


ABOUT ASEE-WIED

The objective of the Women in Engineering Division (WIED) of the American Society for Engineering Education is to study, promote and improve the role of women in the professions of engineering and engineering technology through collection of data, publications, presentations at appropriate meetings, sponsorship of conferences, and similar activities.

U.S. Department of Energy Phase 0 Program Release Video Series on How to Write a Successful DOE SBIR/STTR Proposal

ROCHESTER, NY (March 1, 2016) – The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Phase 0 program has released its highly anticipated video series focused exclusively on writing winning proposals in response to DOE’s SBIR and STTR Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs). Successful DOE SBIR/STTR Proposal Writing Tips highlights three small high-tech R&D companies, each with extensive DOE proposal writing experience, and each with distinct approaches.

The first video was released today and showcases Faraday Technology, Inc., a small business located in Clayton, Ohio, which takes a unique and systematic approach to developing its DOE SBIR/STTR proposals. The video, which can be viewed at www.dawnbreaker.com/doephase0/Faraday/, kicks off the 3-part series and aims to dissect the complex process of reviewing topics and developing a responsive application to these highly competitive grants.

“This is an important milestone for the DOE,” says Chris O’Gwin, SBIR/STTR Commercialization & Outreach Assistance Program Manager at DOE. “First-time small business applicants consistently ask us how to best prepare a Phase I application and we see this video series as way to help these small businesses and to hear first-hand how successful firms address their proposal writing strategies.”

Faraday Technology has been in business since 1991, and has written dozens of SBIR/STTR responses to the Department of Energy. In this video, CEO Dr. E. Jennings Taylor and Research Director Dr. Maria Inman answer questions such as – What are the integral components of a DOE Work Plan? How do you go about engaging new industry partners? And how do you down select topics?

“In order to convey diversity when it comes to the style of responses, we selected three different companies from across the U.S., each with varying perspectives on how to respond to a DOE FOA,” explains Jenny C. Servo, Ph.D., President of Dawnbreaker, which administers the Phase 0 Program for DOE. “Through acceptance and also rejection, these businesses honed in on what it takes to write a compelling proposal.”

The overall objective of the DOE Phase 0 program is to increase the number of responsive, high quality proposals submitted to the Department of Energy within targeted states with historically low SBIR/STTR submissions and awards, and amongst women-owned and minority-owned businesses nationally.

For more information on the DOE Phase 0 Program, please visit www.dawnbreaker.com/doephase0/.

Additional Guidance and Recommended Helpful Videos from DOE’s Online Tutorials

Department of Energy (DOE) SBIR/STTR Phase I applications are due on February 9! As we near the deadline, we wanted to send some additional guidance and recommend a few helpful videos from DOE’s Online Tutorials web site (http://www.doesbirlearning.com).

DOE’s Online Tutorials are aimed at helping individuals and businesses submit a successful Phase I SBIR or STTR proposal to the DOE. Since the DOE SBIR/STTR proposal process is guided by the Funding Opportunity Announcement (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 as we approach the due date of February 9:

Tutorial 18 – What are the components of a DOE Phase I Application? (http://www.doesbirlearning.com/module-18-18/)
This tutorial includes a handy document found on DOE’s website entitled "Instructions for Completing a DOE SBIR/STTRPhase I Grant Application." This document starts with a chart that introduces the components of the documentation applicants need to submit as part of their SBIR or STTR application package and is very helpful to have on the path to completing a Phase I application.

Tutorial 20 – How do I prepare the Project Narrative? (http://www.doesbirlearning.com/module-20-20/)
This tutorial is instrumental for the applicant. A very important element of your response to a DOE FOA is the Project Narrative. This tutorial will guide you on all of the necessary elements which must be contained within your Project Narrative.

Tutorial 22 – What are the elements of a good work plan? (http://www.doesbirlearning.com/module-22-22/)
The Work Plan is the heart of a Department of Energy Phase I SBIR/STTR proposal. It tells the program manager and reviewers how you will do the research, and what you will do in return for the $150K to $225K you will receive to conduct the Phase I research. Your work plan should evolve from two important but very different considerations as you are developing your proposal – Tutorial 22 will take you through both of these.

Tutorial 27 – Completing the Budget Justification Form (http://www.doesbirlearning.com/module-27-27/)
From identifying and itemizing to estimating and justifying costs, completing the budget justification form can be tricky for even seasoned SBIR/STTR applicants and cannot be left until the last minute. This tutorial is used in tandem with the form for Budget Justification found on the DOE’s website and will assist you in completing the required sections on budget, labor, and rates.

Tutorial 28 – Help me Understand Indirect Rates – I don’t get them! (http://www.doesbirlearning.com/module-28-28/)
By far, one of the most complicated elements of applying for an SBIR or STTR grant through the DOE is understanding and communicating indirect rates. This tutorial will serve as your guide and not only explain indirect rates, but help you determine the best approach and system to determine indirect rates for your small business.

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 EST, Monday - Friday.

Please look for more assistance in the coming weeks!

Online Tutorials Guidance for Small Businesses Applying for a DOE SBIR/STTR Phase I Grant

We hope everyone had a wonderful time ringing in 2016! With DOE SBIR/STTR Phase I applications due on February 9, January will no doubt be a busy month. As many of you are well into preparing your Phase I SBIR/STTR proposal to the Department of Energy, we wanted to send some additional guidance and recommend a few helpful videos from DOE’s Online Tutorials web site (http://www.doesbirlearning.com).

DOE’s Online Tutorials are aimed at helping individuals and businesses submit a successful Phase I SBIR or STTR proposal to the DOE. Since the DOE SBIR/STTR proposal process is guided by the Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) schedule as found on http://science.energy.gov/sbir/funding-opportunities/, certain tutorials are more relevant now, while others are more so in the future. The following recommendations will be helpful for the month of January.

We continue to recommend Tutorial 12: What are the required registrations? (http://www.doesbirlearning.com/module-12-12/). Before an applicant can submit a Phase I SBIR/STTR proposal to DOE, there are 7 registrations that need to be completed. Check out Tutorial 12 to ensure that all 7 registrations are accounted for.

Tutorial 18 – What are the components of a DOE Phase I Application (http://www.doesbirlearning.com/module-18-18/) is also instrumental for the applicant. This tutorial includes a handy document found on DOE’s website entitled "Instructions for Completing a DOE SBIR/STTRPhase I Grant Application." This document starts with a chart that introduces the components of the documentation applicants need to submit as part of their SBIR or STTR application package and is very helpful to have on the path to completing a Phase I application.

Finally, we recommend Tutorial 22 – What are the elements of a good work plan? (http://www.doesbirlearning.com/module-22-22/) AND Tutorial 20 - How do I prepare the project narrative? (http://www.doesbirlearning.com/module-20-20/) A very important element of your response to a DOE FOA is the Project Narrative. This tutorial will guide you on all of the necessary elements which must be contained within your Project Narrative. Subsequently, the Work Plan is the heart of a Department of Energy SBIR/STTR proposal. It tells the program manager and reviewers how you will do the research, and what you will do in return for the $150K to $225K you will receive to conduct thePhase I research. Your work plan should evolve from two important but very different considerations as you are developing your proposal – Tutorial 22 will take you through both of these.

As always, if you need assistance, you may contact the DOE SBIR/STTR Help Desk at SBIR-STTR@science.doe.gov or call (301) 903-5707between the hours of 8:30 am and 5pm EST, Monday - Friday.

U.S. Department of Energy Phase 0 Program to Host Introductory Webinar

ROCHESTER, NY (November 18, 2015) – On behalf of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Phase 0 Program, Dawnbreaker will be hosting a webinar on Monday, November 23rd titled, Introduction to the Department of Energy’s SBIR/STTR Phase 0 Assistance Program. The DOE’s Small Business Innovation Research Program (SBIR) and the Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program fund innovative research and development that will advance the nation’s energy goals and objectives.

The webinar will be held at 1 pm EST. To register for the event, please visit http://www.dawnbreaker.com/doephase0/webinar.php?ec=nov23.

“The goal of DOE’s SBIR/STTR Phase 0 Assistance Program is to increase the number of high quality SBIR/STTR proposals submitted to the Department of Energy by women and minority-owned small businesses, as well as small R&D firms located in states that have historically had low submission rates to the DOE SBIR/STTR programs,” explains Richard Smerbeck, Program Manager for Phase 0. “This webinar will serve as a great starting point for any business looking to learn more about the program.”

The webinar will also describe the services provided in the program, which include Letter of Intent (LOI) review, Phase I proposal preparation, review and submission assistance, and market research assistance, to name just a few. To date, over 120 companies have taken advantage of the Phase 0 program.

Phase I Application instructions will also be covered, along with an overview of DOE’s highly popular SBIR/STTR Online Tutorials – which are free for anybody to use and aim to answer common questions regarding the DOE SBIR/STTR program.

To learn more about DOE’s Phase 0 program, please visit www.dawnbreaker.com/doephase0/.

U.S. Department of Energy Phase 0 Program is now Accepting Applications with Topics Release

ROCHESTER, NY (November 16, 2015) – The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) issued topics earlier this month for its FY16 Phase I Release II Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA). The FOA will be released Monday, November 30. In conjunction with the release of topics, DOE’s SBIR/STTR Phase 0 Assistance Program is now accepting applications from eligible small businesses. Companies may determine their eligibility for Phase 0 support and apply directly for services by visiting www.dawnbreaker.com/doephase0/apply.php.

As the only federal Phase 0 program, this initiative is designed to increase the number of responsive, high quality proposals submitted to the DOE within targeted states with historically low SBIR/STTR grant applications and award rate to the DOE, and amongst women and minority-owned businesses.

“To date, the Phase 0 program has provided services to over 120 small businesses, including Letter of Intent (LOI) writing assistance, small business development training and mentoring, and market research,” explains Jenny C. Servo, Ph.D., President of Dawnbreaker, which administers the Phase 0 Program for DOE. “In addition, our Online Tutorials have been very popular. They were developed specifically for those looking to prepare a Phase I SBIR or STTR proposal to submit to the DOE. The Online Tutorials are available for all to use, regardless of whether or not they are accepted into the DOE Phase 0 program.”

Other Phase 0 services provided include DOE SBIR/STTR registrations, proposal preparation and submission, technology advice and consultation, intellectual property consultation, and assistance with calculating indirect rates and financials. A customized suite of services is provided to each company, based on its specific needs. Upon acceptance, a member of the Dawnbreaker team assesses which services are most appropriate during the application process.

The Online Tutorials, which are found at http://www.doesbirlearning.com seeks to answer common questions and concerns when dealing with the DOE SBIR/STTR application process, such as why you need a Letter of Intent, how to select a Principal Investigator, and when you should contact the DOE Topic Manager.

For more information on the DOE Phase 0 Assistance Program, or to see if you are eligible to receive services, please visit our website at: www.dawnbreaker.com/DOEPhase0.

U.S. Department Of Energy Phase 0 Program Is Now Accepting Applications With Topic Release

ROCHESTER, N.Y., July 21, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) issued topics yesterday for the upcoming FY16 Phase I Release I Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA). To align with this release, DOE's SBIR/STTR Phase 0 Assistance Program is now accepting applications from eligible small businesses. To determine eligibility and apply for Phase 0 assistance, please visit www.dawnbreaker.com/doephase0/apply.php.

As the only federal Phase 0 program, this initiative is designed to increase the number of responsive, high quality proposals submitted to the Department of Energy within targeted states with historically low SBIR/STTR submissions to the DOE, and amongst women and minority-owned businesses.

"We encourage any small business interested in the DOE's SBIR/STTR program to view our website and check their eligibility for Phase 0 services, as some as these underrepresented states may surprise people," explains Jenny C. Servo, Ph.D., President of Dawnbreaker, which administers the Phase 0 Program for DOE. "In addition, we are rolling out our brand new Online Tutorials developed specifically for those looking to prepare a Phase I SBIR or STTR proposal to submit to the Department of Energy. The Online Tutorials are free for anybody to use, regardless of whether or not they are accepted into the DOE Phase 0 program."

Phase 0 services provided may include assistance with preparing a Letter of Intent (LOI), communication and market research, DOE SBIR/STTR proposal preparation and submission, small business development training and mentoring, technology advice and consultation, intellectual property consultation, and assistance with calculating indirect rates and financials. A customized suite of services will be provided to each company, based on its specific needs. A member of the Dawnbreaker team will assess which services are most appropriate during the application process.

The Online Tutorials, which will also be released this week, will address common questions and concerns when dealing with the DOE SBIR/STTR application process, such as why you need a Letter of Intent, how to select a Principal Investigator, and when you should contact the DOE Topic Manager.

For more information on the DOE Phase 0 Assistance Program, or to see if you are eligible to receive services, please visit our website at: www.dawnbreaker.com/DOEPhase0.

Dawnbreaker Introduces a New Phase 0 Model

Widely recognized as the leading innovator of programs designed to help small, high tech firms commercialize projects funded by the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs, Dawnbreaker today introduced its newest model - the Phase 0 On-Line Tutorial. Developed for the Department of Energy – this tool complements the DOE Phase 0 program designed to assist women- and minority-owned firms, as well as those in under-represented states to be successful in preparing responsive Phase I DOE SBIR and STTR proposals.

Recognizing that adults learn in different ways – the tutorials are presented in three different formats – video, multimedia, and text. A variety of tools accompany each tutorial including templates, demos, glossaries, and quizzes. Materials are readily available to any small business looking to work with the Department of Energy. Unlike traditional learning management systems, interested parties don’t need to register to use the tutorials. State programs partnering with the DOE Phase 0 initiative are encouraged to freely use this tool as a complement to services that they provide.

Dawnbreaker’s other successful models include the Transition Assistance Program conducted for the Department of the Navy over a 15 year period which resulted in over $1.6B in near-term Phase III funding; the Menu of Services model used in Phase II programs offered by the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Energy; as well as the Phase I instructional model utilized with Phase I programs sponsored by the National Science Foundation and the Department of Energy.

The various formats used in these tutorials represent a significant leap ahead of webinars which has become a primary instructional medium. The Phase 0 On-Line Tutorial holds the promise of improving assistance to companies looking to become involved with SBIR and STTR programs. To learn more about the Phase 0 On-Line Tutorials and DOE Phase 0 program – please visit the following links:

http://www.doesbirlearning.com/

U.S. Department of Energy Phase 0 Program Offering New Webinar on Budget Justification

ROCHESTER, NY (December 12, 2014) – The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Phase 0 program is continuing its webinar series, this time enlisting Colorado-based accounting firm ReliAscent to host a special session titled “DOE Phase I SBIR/STTR Budget Justification Training.” The webinar will take place on Wednesday, December 17th at 11 am Eastern, and will feature a Q & A with the topic expert. To join the live event, visit http://www.dawnbreaker.com/doephase0/webinar.

The fast-growing Phase 0 Assistance Program is designed to increase the number of responsive, high quality proposals submitted to the Department of Energy within targeted states with historically low SBIR/STTR submissions to the DOE, and amongst women and minority-owned businesses nationally. A number of resources have been developed to help companies and individuals navigate the complex process of applying for SBIR/STTR awards. In addition to our series of webinars, we have posted articles and screencasts designed to guide the user on their quest to apply for a Phase I SBIR award through the DOE prior to the deadline of February 3, 2015.

“While the Phase 0 services are designed to help a targeted group of potential applicants, the learning management system to be released in April, 2015 will aid all applicants at any stage of the proposal process,” explains Jenny C. Servo, Ph.D., President of Dawnbreaker, which administers the Phase 0 Program for DOE. “Maybe you don’t need Letter of Intent writing services, or help with proposal preparation, but you are fuzzy on the financials. This webinar in particular will answer those confusing questions.”

Dawnbreaker accelerated the start of the Phase 0 program so that it could pilot its services immediately to companies following the release of the DOE Phase I Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) on Monday, November 24th. DOE Phase 0 services may include Letter of Intent (LOI) preparation, market research, proposal preparation and review, small business development training and mentoring, and technology advice and consultation, to name a few. There is a limit to the services that Dawnbreaker can provide during this pilot stage.

Companies and researchers may apply for services directly by completing a simple on-line form available at www.dawnbreaker.com/doephase0/apply.php. When Dawnbreaker reaches capacity with the pilot group, they will actively refer potential applicants to other service providers who also administer Phase 0 assistance.

Additional webinars and screencasts are set to take place in January 2015 to assist companies in preparing their submissions to the 2015 Phase 1 Release 2 FOA.

Register to attend this webinar by clicking on the following link: www.dawnbreaker.com/doephase0/webinar.php.

U.S. Department of Energy Phase 0 Program Begins Offering Services, Announces new Webinar Date/Time

ROCHESTER, NY (December 2, 2014) – The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) issued a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) on Monday, November 24th for its SBIR/STTR Phase I, Release 2. To supplement the release, the newly launched DOE Phase 0 Program will host its first webinar, titled 10 Steps in Submitting a Phase I SBIR/STTR Proposal to the U.S. Department of Energy.

The highly anticipated Phase 0 program is designed to increase the number of responsive, high quality proposals submitted to the Department of Energy within targeted states with historically low SBIR/STTR submissions to the DOE, and amongst women and minority-owned businesses nationally. To help navigate the complex process of applying for SBIR/STTR awards, a series of webinars have been created to assist interested companies and individuals.

The webinar will be hosted by SBIR proposal expert Jim Greenwood of the Greenwood Consulting Group this Wednesday, December 3rd at 2 pm Eastern. A live Q & A will follow the session to address any questions on the SBIR/STTR proposal process. For those interested that cannot attend the live session, a pre-recording is available at www.dawnbreaker.com/DOEPhase0/.

“Although Phase 0 services can only be offered to a select group of recipients, these webinars, along with additional online learning systems which are in the works, are designed for everybody to take advantage of,” explains Jenny C. Servo, Ph.D., President of Dawnbreaker, which administers the Phase 0 Program for DOE. “In addition, 2015 will see a broader menu of services of available, and we will be able to assist a larger number of companies with targeted Phase 0 services.”

Dawnbreaker has already committed to providing services to 12 companies with the release of the FOA. DOE Phase 0 services may include Letter of Intent (LOI) writing assistance, market research, proposal preparation and submission assistance, small business development training and mentoring, and technology advice and consultation, to name a few.

Companies and researchers may apply for services directly by completing a simple on-line form available at www.dawnbreaker.com/doephase0/apply.php.

Dawnbreaker anticipates providing services to a small pool of up to 100 potential applicants. Additional services will be available in 2015, including an on-line learning management system (LMS), which will be available at no cost to any small business or individual who wishes to learn more about the DOE SBIR/STTR program.

To attend the webinar, please click on the following link: www.dawnbreaker.adobeconnect.com/doephasezero. You will not need to register, but please login five minutes prior to the presentation and enter your first and last name, along with the company you represent.

U.S. Department of Energy Phase 0 Program to Host Webinar, Offer Services in Tandem with Release of FOA

ROCHESTER, NY (November 20, 2014) – The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) will issue a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) on Monday, November 24th for its SBIR/STTR Phase I, Release 2. In tandem with the release, the newly launched DOE Phase 0 Program will host its first webinar, and begin offering services to eligible applicants.

The highly anticipated Phase 0 program is designed to increase the number of responsive, high quality proposals submitted to the Department of Energy within targeted states with historically low SBIR/STTR submissions to the DOE, and amongst women and minority-owned businesses nationally. To help navigate the complex process of applying for SBIR/STTR awards, a series of webinars have been created to assist interested companies and individuals.

The first in the series, titled “10 Steps in Submitting a Phase I SBIR/STTR Proposal to the U.S. Department of Energy,” will be hosted by SBIR proposal expert Jim Greenwood of the Greenwood Consulting Group this Tuesday, November 25th.

“Although Phase 0 services can only be offered to a select group of recipients, these webinars, along with additional online learning systems which are in the works, are designed for everybody to take advantage of,” explains Jenny C. Servo, Ph.D., President of Dawnbreaker, which administers the Phase 0 Program for DOE. “In addition, 2015 will see a broader menu of services of available, and we will be able to assist a larger number of companies with targeted Phase 0 services.”

DOE Phase 0 services may include Letter of Intent (LOI) writing assistance, market research, proposal preparation and submission assistance, small business development training and mentoring, and technology advice and consultation, to name a few.

Companies and researchers may apply for services directly by completing a simple on-line form available at www.dawnbreaker.com/doephase0/apply.php

Dawnbreaker anticipates providing services to a small pool of 100 potential applicants. Additional services will be available in 2015, including an on-line learning management system (LMS), which will be available at no cost to any small business or individual who wishes to learn more about the DOE SBIR/STTR program.

To attend the webinar, please click on the following link: http://dawnbreaker.adobeconnect.com/doephasezero/. You will not need to register, but please login five minutes prior to the presentation and enter your first and last name, along with the company you represent.

U.S. Department of Energy Launches
SBIR/STTR Phase 0 Assistance Program

ROCHESTER, NY (November 10, 2014) – The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has officially launched its first ever SBIR/STTR Phase 0 Assistance Program, aimed at helping eligible small R&D businesses and individuals successfully apply for SBIR/STTR federal funding from the DOE. Since the program is entirely funded by the DOE, these services are available at absolutely no cost to participants.

The goal of this program is to increase the number of responsive, high quality proposals submitted to the Department of Energy within targeted states with historically low SBIR/STTR submissions to the DOE, and amongst women and minority-owned businesses nationally. Dawnbreaker, Inc. will be administering this program on behalf of the Department of Energy.

“Applying for a DOE Phase I SBIR award is no small feat, and many small businesses simply don’t have the manpower to prepare and submit an impactful proposal,” explains Dawnbreaker President Jenny C. Servo, Ph.D. “This program assists these companies with learning the intricacies of the process to ensure a complete and accurate proposal.”

Services provided may include Letter of Intent (LOI) writing assistance, market research, proposal preparation and submission assistance, small business development training and mentoring, and technology advice and consultation, to name a few.

Companies and researchers may apply for services directly by completing a simple on-line form available at www.dawnbreaker.com/doephase0/apply. Applicants will subsequently be contacted by a representative of the DOE Phase 0 Assistance Program to affirm that they meet the additional criteria specified by the DOE.

With the upcoming DOE Funding Opportunity Agreement (FOA) to be released on November 24, 2014, Dawnbreaker anticipates providing services to a small pool of between 40 and 100 potential applicants. Additional services will be available in 2015, including an on-line learning management system (LMS), which will be available at no cost to any small business or individual who wishes to learn more about the DOE SBIR/STTR program.

Apply for U.S. Department of Energy's SBIR/STTR Phase 0 Assistance Program by Clicking Here.

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