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An eligible requester is a small business that (1) is organized for-profit; (2) has fewer than 500 employees; (3) is a U.S.-owned small business that is majority (51%) owned by a U.S. citizen or lawfully-admitted permanent resident alien or owned by a U.S.-based venture capital firm, hedge fund or private equity company; (4) is organized according to the laws of any of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, or any U.S. territory or possession; (5) operates primarily within the U.S.; and (6) has not already reached the maximum SBV funding of $300,000.

Request assistance for a clean-tech product or process in one or more of these nine areas:

  • Advanced manufacturing

  • Bioenergy

  • Building technologies

  • Fuel cells

  • Geothermal power

  • Solar power

  • Water power

  • Wind power

  • Vehicles.

To be considered, eligible businesses must certify that they will adhere to the following:

  • Unique Lab Capabilities: Request assistance that is not reasonably available in the private sector. Projects are intended to make available the specialized expertise and equipment at the U.S. Department of Energy national labs, not compete with the private sector.

  • Cost Share: Commit to a 20% cost share, which can be in-kind. Examples: labor, travel, materials, equipment, or data. Federally-funded awards, such as SBIR/STTR, may not be used for small business cost share. More information on cost share is included in the Notice of Opportunity: Request for Assistance, section G.

  • Agreements: Sign one of two short, non-negotiable agreements that govern intellectual property and other terms. The agreements are 1) DOE-funded Technical Assistance Pilot Agreement (TAPA) (PDF | MS Word) or 2) Short Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (Short CRADA) (PDF | MS Word).

  • Reporting: Commit to providing results during the project and for up to ~5 years after the project start date.

  • Release of Information: Agree to allow non-proprietary information about your business and the success of the assistance to be featured in publicly available stories by DOE and DOE national labs.

Important Dates

Round 1: CLOSED

Round 2: CLOSED

Round 3: CLOSED

Important Information

  • Download the Notice of Opportunity: Request for Assistance (RFA)
    (PDF | MS Word)
  • Download the Request for Assistance (RFA) Template
    (PDF | MS Word)
  • Download Round 3 fact sheet (PDF)
  • Download Round 3 infographic (PDF)
  • Download Summary Slide (PPT)
  • Download Additional Questions (Excel)