US Energy Secretary Rick Perry announced that the Department of Energy (DOE) will award 231 grants totaling $46m to 202 small businesses in 39 states and the District of Columbia.


Image: US DOE's grants will support innovation and job creation. Photo: Image by Pexels from Pixabay.

Funded through DOE’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs, today’s selections are for Phase I research and development.

The Phase I grants will allow small businesses to research technical feasibility of new innovations that advance the mission of the Department.  Phase I grants are 6-12 months in duration with a median award amount of $200,000.  Successful Phase I grantees will be eligible to apply for Phase II awards in fiscal year 2020 that will allow them to develop novel prototypes or processes to validate their Phase I research findings. Phase II grants have a median award amount of $1,100,000 and a duration up to 2 years.

Highlighted below are selected grants for each of the research and development programs that provided funding for these projects:

Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security and Emergency ResponsePhysical layer Authentication of Wired Networks
Office of Defense Nuclear NonproliferationCompact Ion Cyclotron for Nuclear Security Applications
Office of ElectricityBlockchain Protected Security Fabric for Infrastructure Protection
Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable EnergyElectrospray Deposition of Perovskite Solar Cells
Office of Environmental ManagementFlaw Sizing Techniques for GWPA Inspection of DST Primary Liner Floors
Office of Fossil EnergyCO2 to Carbon and Water via Plasma Catalysis
Office of Fusion Energy SciencesAmplifiers for High Repetition Rate Diode-Pumped Ultra-Intense Femtosecond Lasers
Office of High Energy PhysicsOptimization of Additive Manufacturing Technique for 3D Superconducting Multi-Qubit Systems
Office of Nuclear EnergyDevelopment of a Small Electromagnetic Pump for Molten Salt Reactors
Small businesses play a major role in spurring innovation and creating jobs in the U.S. economy.  The SBIR and STTR programs were created by Congress to leverage small businesses to advance innovation at federal agencies.

Source: Company Press Release