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Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) FOA

FY2020 DOE SBIR/STTR Phase I Release 2

Phase II (only Phase I awardees are eligible to apply)​ Only the following two groups are eligible to apply for an Initial Phase II grant under this FOA:
1. Currently active DOE SBIR or STTR Phase I grantees with grants resulting from FOA DE-FOA-0001940; or

2. Currently active non-DOE SBIR or STTR Phase I grantees that (a) received the Federal Phase I award in Federal FY 2019, (b) have received a written determination from the Director of the SBIR/STTR Programs Office that the topic under which they received funding is the same as the topic in FOA DE-FOA-0001940, and (c) are not submitting a Phase II application based on the award described in (a) to another Federal agency.*

To be eligible for an initial Phase II award, applicants must have completed their Phase I period of performance prior to the start date listed in this FOA. Phase I grantees are cautioned not to request no cost extensions to their Phase I awards beyond this date.

Release 1​Release 2
​FOA Issued
Tuesday, October 22, 2019
​Monday, March 2, 2020
FY20 Phase II release 1 FOA Webinar

​LOI (Sequential) Due
Tuesday, November 12, 2019 5:00 pm ET
​Wednesday, April 1, 2020 5:00 pm ET
Applications Due
​Tuesday, December 10, 2019 11:59 pm ET
​Tuesday, April 21, 2020 11:59 pm ET
Award Notification
​Monday, February 24, 2020*
​Monday, July 13, 2020*
​Projected Grand Start Date
​Monday, April 06, 2020
​Monday, August 24, 2020

*Preliminary dates subject to change

FY2020 DOE SBIR/STTR Phase I Release 1

Phase I Phase I grants resulting from this competition will be made during FY 2020 to small businesses with maximum award sizes of $200,000, but see each topic for its respective maximum award size (a proposal submitted that exceeds the maximum award size for the respective topic will be declined without review). The period of performance will depend on the scope of the effort but will not exceed 12 months. Please note that the Phase II grant application will be due approximately 9.5 months after the grant start date. This will be the only opportunity to submit a Phase II application for Phase I awards made under this FOA. Grantees that select a Phase I period of performance of 9 months or less will be able to complete their Phase I project prior to submission of their Phase II grant application. Grantees that select a Phase I longer than 9 months will be able to continue R&D after their Phase II application is submitted but will not be able to utilize these results in the preparation of their Phase II application.

Phase I is to evaluate, insofar as possible, the scientific or technical merit and feasibility of ideas that appear to have commercial potential and/or substantial application in support of DOE mission research. The grant application should concentrate on research that will contribute to proving scientific or 7 technical feasibility of the approach or concept. Success in a DOE Phase I is a prerequisite to further DOE support in Phase II.

Only awardees issued Phase I grants under this FOA are eligible to submit a Phase II application under the corresponding FY 2021 Phase II FOA, i.e., FY 2021 Phase II Release 1.
Funding Opportunity


​FY2019 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Program

Researchers can support small business-led proposals under the FY 2019 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)/Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Phase I Release 2
Funding Opportunity Announcement.

A webinar is scheduled Dec. 20 to expand your understanding of the opportunity.
Please check the
Funding Opportunity Announcement website for webinar registration, schedule and details.

The following DOE program offices are participating in this solicitation:

  • Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security, and Emergency Response
  • Office of Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation
  • Office of Fossil Energy
  • Office of Fusion Energy Sciences
  • Office of Electricity
  • Office of High Energy Physics
  • Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
  • Office of Nuclear Energy
  • Office of Environmental Management