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Department of Energy Will Award 105 Grants Totaling $116 Million for Small Business Research and Development

Energy Secretary Dan R. Brouillette announced that the United States Department of Energy (DOE) will award 105 grants totaling $116 million to 92 small businesses in 31 states. Funded through the Department of Energy’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs, the selections are for Phase II research and development (R&D). Small businesses that demonstrated technical feasibility for innovations during their Phase I grants competed for funding for prototype or processes development during Phase II. In addition, prior Phase II awardees competed for second or third Phase II awards to continue prototype and process development. The median Phase II award is $1,100,000 for a period of two (2) years.

“As our country reopens, small businesses will play a critical role in the Nation’s economic recovery,” said Secretary Brouillette. “I am pleased the Department can aid in this recovery through the SBIR and STTR grant programs, which are helping spur growth by providing meaningful financial investment for innovative energy and science R&D at American small businesses.”

Selected grants from each of the research and development program offices that provided funding for the projects:

  • Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security, and Emergency Response
    • Physical Layer Authentication of Wired Networks
  • Office of Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation
    • A Compact, Low Power Device Using Mie Resonance for Multispectral Polarization Image Detection
    • Multimodal Sensor Fusion and Exploitation for Proliferation Detection
  • Office of Electricity
    • An Auditable Blockchain for Smart Grid Data Integrity and Immutability
    • Protective Device for LV Underground Grid-type Networks and Network Equipment
  • Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
    • Advanced Manufacturing of Low-Cost Building Integrated Organic Photovoltaic Modules
    • Innovative Anchoring System for Floating Offshore Wind
  • Office of Fossil Energy
    • CO2 to Methanol Using Plasma Catalysis at Atmospheric Pressure
    • Automated Data Collection and Transmission System for Subsurface CO2 Monitoring
  • Office of Fusion Energy Sciences
    • Design and fabrication of Ultrafast Pixel Array Camera
    • Key Components for the implementation of high repetition rate Petawatt-class lasers
  • Office of High Energy Physics
    • High Gradient Accelerating Structure for Low Energy Protons
    • Optimization of Additive Manufacturing Technique for 3D Superconducting Multi-Qubit Systems
  • Office of Nuclear Energy
    • Video Camera for Harsh Nuclear Environments
    • Ultra-Thin, 3-D Ceramic Matrix Composite Cladding

Small businesses play a major role in spurring innovation and creating jobs in the United States economy.  The SBIR and STTR programs were created by Congress to leverage small businesses to advance innovation at federal agencies. Additional information on the Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer programs is available at the SBIR/STTR Programs Office:  https://science.osti.gov/sbir.

Source: U.S. Department of Energy



MBDA Awards $31.5 Million in Grants

PRESS RELEASE – WASHINGTON: The United States Department of Commerce’s Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) is awarding $31.5 million in federal funding to 21 grant recipients as part of its MBDA Business Center Program (29). The program is designed to help minority-owned firms create jobs, compete in the global economy and grow their businesses.

“For more than 40 years, MBDA has led efforts to support minority firms and provide them with the tools and technical expertise they need to excel. This is the very foundation on which this Agency was founded back in 1969. It’s the core of who we are and what we represent,” said MBDA National Director Alejandra Y. Castillo. “This funding goes far beyond just the monetary aspect. This is a long-term investment in our community and in our nation.”

According to data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2012 Survey of Business Owners, minority-owned firms in the U.S. increased from 5.8 million in 2007 to 8 million in 2012, and employed 7.2 million people in 2012.

Since 2009, MBDA Business Centers have assisted minority firms with gaining access to more than $31 billion in capital and contracts, while creating and retaining nearly 142,000 jobs.

The grant recipients will join an established network of MBDA Business Centers across the United States and Puerto Rico.

The recipients of the grants include:

  • Georgia Tech Research Corporation ($298,255) to operate the MBDA Business Center in Atlanta.
  • Chicago Minority Supplier Development Council, Inc. ($312,750) to operate the MBDA Business Center in Chicago.
  • Dallas Fort Worth Minority Supplier Development Council ($301,675) to operate the MBDA Business Center in Dallas.
  • Rocky Mountain Minority Supplier Development Council, Inc. ($306,300) to operate the MBDA Business Centre in Denver.
  • Michigan Minority Purchasing Council ($310,225) to operate the MBDA Business Center in Detroit.
  • El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce ($285,400), to operate the MBDA Business Center in El Paso, Texas.
  • University of Hawaii ($291,275) to operate the MBDA Business Center in Honolulu.
  • Houston Community College ($321,775) to operate the MBDA Business Center in Houston.
  • University of Southern California ($317, 900) to operate the MBDA Business Center in Los Angeles.
  • Mid-South Minority Council TADP, Inc. ($285,400) to operate the MBDA Business Center in Memphis, Tenn.
  • Southern Florida Minority Supplier Development Council ($301,975) to operate the MBDA Business Center in Miami.
  • Metropolitan Economic Development Council ($302,400) to operate the MBDA Business Center in Minneapolis.
  • South Bronx Overall Economic Development Association ($321, 800) to operate the MBDA Business Center in New York or northern New Jersey.
  • The Enterprise Center ($304,475) to operate the MBDA Business Center in Philadelphia.
  • Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce ($291,900) to operate the MBDA Business Center in Phoenix.
  • North Carolina Institute of Minority Economic Development ($294,100) to operate the MBDA Business Center in Raleigh, Charlotte, or Durham, N.C.
  • The University of Texas at San Antonio ($285,400) to operate the MBDA Business Center in San Antonio.
  • ASIAN, Inc. ($377,875) to operate the MBDA Business Center in San Jose, Calif.
  • Asociación Productos De Puerto Rico, Inc. ($285,400) to operate the MBDA Business Center in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
  • City of Tacoma ($304,525) to operate the MBDA Business Center in Seattle.
  • Capital Region Minority Supplier Development Council, Inc. ($310,550) to operate the MBDA Business Center in Washington, D.C., or Northern Virginia.

The recipients will receive the federal funds during a five-year period with a start date of April 1, 2016. MBDA will make additional announcements regarding grant winners and future grant opportunities. For the latest information visit www.mbda.gov .