Country:United States
Policy status:In Force
Date Effective:1982
Policy Type:Research, Development and Deployment (RD&D)>Research programme >Technology deployment and diffusion, Research, Development and Deployment (RD&D)>Research programme , Research, Development and Deployment (RD&D)>Research programme >Technology development
Policy Target:Energy Sector>Energy Efficiency / Demand Reduction, Energy Sector>Electricity Generation>Renewable, Framework/ Multi-sectoral Policy
Agency:U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)

The Department of Energys Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program is designed to stimulate technological innovation by small advanced technology firms and provide new cost-effective scientific and engineering solutions to challenging problems. The SBIR Program is EEREs best source of risk capital for small businesses that are developing promising new technologies. As EEREs principal applied research and development (R&D) grants programme, SBIR projects are funded by most of EEREs programme offices. DOEs solicitations for the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR created in 1982 with the enactment of the Small Business Innovation Development Act) and Small Business Technology Transfer (SBTTT created in 1982 to stimulate technological innovation) programmes offer grants of up to USD100,000 for small businesses to evaluate the scientific or technical merit and feasibility of energy technologies that appear to have commercial potential. Each grant application must relate to a specific DOE technical topic. Topics listed under the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy include: - solar photovoltaic technologies; - sensors for wind turbines; - systems to draw energy from tides, waves, and ocean currents; - hydrogen storage technologies; - advanced materials for fuel cells, bioproducts, lighting products, and lightweight vehicles; - advanced power electronics; - sensors and controls for geothermal systems, vehicles, industrial processes, and heating and cooling systems; - innovative waste heat recovery technologies; - novel cooling systems; and - a variety of chemical processes. Related topics listed under the DOE Office of Basic Energy Sciences include: - solid-state lighting; - capacitors and lithium-ion batteries for electric and hybrid vehicles; - hydrogen pipelines, compressors, and storage tanks; - advanced membranes for energy-efficient chemical separations; - nanotechnologies for chemical processes; and - new chemical processes that eliminate the use of solvents.

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