The Department of Energy (DOE) has posted the topics for Release 1 of the DOE FY2014 SBIR/STTR Phase I Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) on their SBIR/STTR website (science.energy.gov/sbir/). Release information located HERE: http://science.energy.gov/sbir/funding-opportunities/
There are 40 topics available from among the following 7 participating DOE Research Programs (also referred to as Program Areas):
- Office of Advanced Scientific Computing Research (2)
- Office of Basic Energy Sciences (14)
- Office of Biological and Environmental Research (5)
- Office of Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation (7)
- Office of High Energy Physics (7)
- Office of Nuclear Physics (5)
The 180-page Topic document contains descriptions of all of the topics and associated subtopics; links to Program Area additional information; subtopic references and contact emails; and a schedule of important dates regarding the FOA.
The Topic document also refers to the fact that selected topic and subtopics contained in the FOA are designated as a Technology Transfer Opportunity (TTO) which is an opportunity to leverage technology that has been developed at a DOE National Laboratory. Each TTO will be described in a particular subtopic and additional information may be obtained by using the link in the subtopic to the DOE National Laboratory that has developed the technology. Typically the technology was developed with DOE funding of either basic or applied research at a DOE National Laboratory and is available for transfer to the private sector.
Page 1 and 2 of the FOA contains a series of questions and answers regarding TTOs.