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
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
The following DOE program offices are participating in this solicitation: