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ROCHESTER, NY (November 6, 2018) – The Department of Energy’s Phase 0 SBIR/STTR Assistance Program is Back and Open to All First-Time Applicants!

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:

ROCHESTER, NY (OCTOBER 1, 2018) – Dawnbreaker Launches Market Research Website - Aims To Help Small Businesses Navigate Complex Markets

Dawnbreaker, Inc., the leader in helping small businesses achieve commercialization since 1990, has just launched its newest website! Devoted to market research and strategic planning, contains a wealth of resources and information for small technology firms looking to bring their product to market.

“One of the things we have consistently helped small businesses to understand is that you need a lot more than just a great technology,” explains Dr. Jenny C. Servo, President of Dawnbreaker. “Understanding the market, assessing the competition, and defining the supply chain are all crucial steps that need to be taken in the road to commercialization.”

Dawnbreaker’s market research team will draw upon its extensive experience to deliver services that include: Stoplight Assessments, Voice of the Customer, Technology Foraging, Competitor Analysis, Market Segmentation, Licensee Analysis and more. This market research team has delivered thousands of reports to advanced technology companies covering more than 9,600 projects, as well as to federal agencies such as the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Energy. Industries served include defense, energy, medical, space and transportation.

If you are a small business looking to gain an edge in the marketplace and would like to learn more about how Dawnbreaker can assist you, please visit Services are available a la carte will be tailored to your individual needs and goals.

About Dawnbreaker Market Research

For over 25 years, Dawnbreaker has provided market research to advanced technology firms funded by the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) programs of the Department of Defense, Department of Energy, the National Institutes of Health, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the Department of Transportation. Visit to learn how this same expertise can be applied to your small business.

ROCHESTER, NY (August 1, 2018) – Dawnbreaker Wins Five-Year Contract with U.S. Department of Labor to Support Research & Evaluation Activities

Dawnbreaker, Inc. has been awarded a Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA) contract to support the U.S. Department of Labor's (DOL) Chief Evaluation Office, which is responsible for carrying out research and evaluation activities for all of the DOL's agencies including the Employment and Training Administration (ETA); Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), the Women's Bureau (WB) and many others. This is a five-year contract which draws upon the extensive expertise of Dawnbreaker's highly skilled Market Research team, principal investigators and analysts.

"Dawnbreaker is excited to support the Department of Labor in this important initiative," says Dr. Jenny C. Servo, President of Dawnbreaker. "DOL's use of evidence-based policymaking holds the promise of improving the effectiveness of government by using data to demonstrate what works and what doesn't work. We're proud to be a part of that."

Under the contract, Dawnbreaker will develop and provide deliverables related to evidence-based policymaking, which will give meaningful insight to policymakers at the federal, state and local levels regarding program effectiveness. Activities include policy and program assessments and analysis, evaluation design studies, data collection and analysis, and technical assistance, to name a few.

Dawnbreaker will team with two subcontractors Grunwald Associates and Icumetrics to deliver these services to the Department of Labor.

ROCHESTER, NY (April 24, 2018) – Dawnbreaker's Defense Portal is All New!

One of Dawnbreaker's most popular and largely viewed resources, the Defense Portal, has recently been updated. Also referred to as the Phase III Transition Portal, this resource is designed to provide information of value to those seeking Phase III funding from the Department of the Navy. In this portal, we focus on a limited domain of topics which frequently arise in discussions regarding transition to Phase III. Whether you want to educate yourself on the lengthy list of acquisition programs with the DoD, or polish up on SBIR data rights issues, Dawnbreaker's Defense Portal is your one-stop resource for everything Phase III. We hope you enjoy the new content!

View the Defense Portal now at:

Dawnbreaker Awarded IDIQ Contract from U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to Provide Technical Assistance and Communications/Outreach Support

ROCHESTER, NY (October 24, 2016) – Dawnbreaker, Inc. has been awarded an Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract to support the U.S. Small Business Administration Office of Investment and Innovation (SBA-OII) which is responsible for implementing program improvements and performs programmatic oversight for the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and the Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs.

The Dawnbreaker team comprised of Dawnbreaker, REI Systems and Innovation Ecologies will provide technical assistance with analysis of program compliance, development of training modules and a web-based learning system, continued build out of, and outreach and communications support to SBA. This knowledgeable and experienced team will support SBA-OII in meeting its vision for the future. REI Systems and Dawnbreaker have worked closely together in the past and look forward to combining their strengths to support SBA-OII.

"Dawnbreaker is honored to have been chosen to provide this support and to continue our strong relationship with SBA," says Dr. Jenny C. Servo, President of Dawnbreaker. "Over the past year, we've spearheaded a number of new initiatives for SBA including the highly successful SBA Online Tutorials released in July 2016 and the expanded SBIR Road Tours. The tutorials have been highly effective in reaching millennials, and the SBIR Road Tours have brought agency program managers from federal agencies to areas of the country that have historically been under-represented in the SBIR/STTR programs. Team Dawnbreaker will continue to innovate as it provides expanded support to SBA.

Dawnbreaker Design Launches new Website, Focuses on Branding and Graphic Design for Small Technology Companies

ROCHESTER, NY (October 14, 2016) – If you're looking for "marketing solutions for the scientific mind," take a look at Dawnbreaker Design's newly redesigned website, Explore the portfolio of print, web, video and e-learning products all developed with content prepared by our team of writers and rendered by our graphic designers.

"Busy technologists often don't have the time to prepare content that will excite and engage their target audience. That's where we come in," explains Dr. Jenny C. Servo. "The unique combination that we offer enables companies that have old marketing tools to quickly gain a contemporary look and reach their target audience."

Dawnbreaker Design's customers include hundreds of advanced technology firms, as well as federal agencies such as the Small Business Administration, the Department of Energy, and the Department of the Navy. The company's award-winning services are often used for promotional packages developed for federal agencies such as the Navy.

Dawnbreaker Design works closely with an agency customer to focus on the target audience and then develop a digital design system containing fliers, press releases, signage, event literature, newsletters, and videos to reach them. They also help their agency clients demonstrate the initiatives they fund make a difference by developing success stories and publications that highlight the difference that a government investment made.

A recent addition to the services that Dawnbreaker Design offers is e-learning services. The objective is to present complex topics in a way that makes them approachable. The e-learning service brings together elements of instructional design with subject matter expertise and incorporates a video and print palette to develop an engaging instructional experience.

For federal agencies, Dawnbreaker Design's services are available through the GSA AIMS schedule and small businesses can visit to learn more.


Located in Rochester, NY, Dawnbreaker Design is dedicated to developing marketing solutions for the scientific mind. A division of Dawnbreaker, the award winning Dawnbreaker Design was launched in 2008 and provides print, web, branding, content, video and e-learning services to small businesses and government agencies.

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, 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

Dawnbreaker to Spearhead the DOT SBIR Commercialization Assistance Program

ROCHESTER, NY (October 27, 2015) - The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded Dawnbreaker, Inc. a possible multiple year agreement to provide support services for its Commercialization Assistance Program (CAP). Under the agreement, Dawnbreaker is providing Phase I Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) awardees commercialization assistance, which includes market research. Additional services will also be provided for Phase II SBIR award recipients. The ultimate goal of the CAP is to give small businesses the necessary tools to transition technologies to the marketplace.

"Our blanket purchase agreement with DOT will allow us to work directly with small businesses to address the critical steps needed to commercialize their SBIR-funded innovations," says Dawnbreaker President Dr. Jenny C. Servo. "Our goal is to increase the likelihood of their technologies transitioning to the market, and ensure they are providing a needed solution to satisfy DOT's needs."

For Phase I award winners, an assessment is provided along with an individualized Commercialization Plan Readiness Review. This may include a get-to-market strategy, business model planning, and target market assessments. For small businesses receiving a Phase II award, additional commercialization assistance is provided to implement the commercialization plan.

For more information, please visit

Online Video Tutorials help Department of Energy SBIR/STTR proposers

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (August 17, 2015) - The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs provide a meaningful way for small advanced technology firms to contribute to federal science and technology (S&T) initiatives, while developing one's own firm. Although the SBIR and STTR programs are provided through various Federal Agencies, each Agency is unique. It takes times to learn about agency differences and to learn how to effectively work with each unique customer.

The Department of Energy (DOE) has an interest in increasing participation of women and minority owned small businesses that possess the technical qualifications to contribute to DOE's S&T initiatives via the SBIR and STTR programs. DOE is also reaching out to advanced technology firms in those states that have historically had low submission rates to the Department of Energy SBIR and STTR programs. Although the SBIR and STTR programs are strictly merit based, it is recognized that proposal preparation is a skill that can be taught. To provide support in developing these skills, the Department of Energy launched its DOE Phase 0 program in October, 2014 to provide assistance to qualified small businesses. Last month, a rich addition was added to the DOE Phase 0 website that is available to anyone – the Online Tutorials

Recognizing that adults learn in different ways – each tutorial is 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 and universities with relevant Centers of Excellence are encouraged to freely use this tool as a complement to services that they provide.

The recent Department of Energy SBIR/STTR solicitation referred to as the Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) was released on Monday, August 17th. If you have thought about submitting a proposal to DOE in the past, now is the time to take advantage of the Online Tutorials.


ROCHESTER, N.Y. (May 11, 2015) - The 15th annual Navy Opportunity Forum® will be held June 1-3, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency in Crystal City, VA. The 2015 Navy Opportunity Forum® provides a unique opportunity for attendees to view and evaluate technology transitioning from the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. Acquisition sponsors, large defense contractors, equity investors, Fortune 500 companies, first and second tier suppliers, Navy personnel, Department of Defense employees, and members of the press are all encouraged to register and attend the Forum.

"We see a lot of prime contractor activity every year at the Forum, because from a logistics standpoint, it makes sense," says Dawnbreaker President Dr. Jenny C. Servo. "Engineers and key personnel can meet with over one hundred small businesses over the course of three days, all under one roof that have received funding to address Navy problems."

The Navy Opportunity Forum® provides the framework to efficiently inspect and evaluate innovative technologies through small business exhibit booths, exciting presentations and strategic one-on-one introduction meetings. Presentations address technical capabilities, transition paths, and strategic goals of the firms. Additionally, the Forum will provide a speaking venue for top defense policy makers, and offers displays by the Navy's Office of Research and Technology Applications (ORTA).

The SBIR/STTR technologies being presented at this year's Forum can be viewed via the Virtual Acquisition Showcase® (VAS) at The VAS, which features 148 Navy sponsored projects, assists attendees in determining which technologies they want to review and companies they want to visit. Strategic one-on-one introduction meetings can be scheduled to obtain additional information about specific technologies. This year's Virtual Acquisition Showcase® includes 58 main categories and 164 sub categories to help attendees search and easily locate technologies with appropriate capabilities that match the user's needs.

Every year, the Navy Opportunity Forum® sets the stage for small businesses to provide solutions to Navy needs. The Forum seeks to put the right individuals in the right place at the right time to uphold the goals of the Navy SBIR/STTR program to transition technology to the warfighter.

To register and learn more about the Navy Opportunity Forum® please visit There is no registration fee for the Forum but space is limited and registration requests must be approved.

Dawnbreaker Releases New Website, Resources for Agency and Private Clients

ROCHESTER, NY (February 20, 2015) – Dawnbreaker, Inc. launched its brand new corporate website today, The company's internal team of web designers and developers has worked to streamline the site in order create a vast resource for clients. The result is an informative and expansive portal for both current and potential clientele, which contains links and resources to all of Dawnbreaker's Federal agency programs, information on the Small Business Innovation Research Program (SBIR), and much more.

"The launch of our newly branded corporate website is happening at a very exciting time for Dawnbreaker," adds Servo. "In the past year, we've spearheaded numerous new campaigns for both Federal Agency and private clients alike. We wanted to showcase the expanding reach of our team as well as provide a complete and accurate picture of our company capabilities."

For small businesses looking to find out more about Federal SBIR and STTR programs across various agencies, there is an abundance of state and local resources available for use. Also of importance to small businesses is a newly published case study series titled Successful Business Models used to Transition Navy SBIR/STTR Technologies. This series profiles three prominent research & development firms and highlights their strategies and methods for success. Users can still navigate the highly popular Portals section, which contains up-to-date information within the Defense, Medical, Space and Energy industries.

"As we have grown substantially over the years and continue to provide our clients with an expanding portfolio of services, we felt our website should reflect this positive change," adds Servo.


Dawnbreaker specializes in providing commercialization assistance to small advanced technology firms and their investors. Since 1990 we have worked with in excess of 7,500 firms that have received funding from the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program, the Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program, and other federal initiatives. Dawnbreaker's metric for success is Phase III (commercialization) funding. Companies with which we have worked have cumulatively received over $2.5B.

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

ROCHESTER, NY (November 12, 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

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.

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: