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DOE announces $110 million for research and development grants for small businesses, highlights climate research and focus on clean energy

WASHINGTON, DC, February 24, 2022 – The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced awards totaling $110 million for various small businesses in 27 states. Many of the 87 projects focus on developing advanced scientific instruments to conduct climate research and develop advanced materials and clean energy conversion and storage technologies.

America’s small businesses play a critical role in facilitating the transition from discovery to innovation, helping to bridge the gap between the science lab and the commercial market. The DOE Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) awards aim to transform DOE-supported science and technology breakthroughs into viable products and services. The awards also support the development of specialized technologies and instruments that facilitate scientific discovery.

Through SBIR/STTR programs across the federal government, small businesses fuel the American economy and generate thousands of jobs, both directly and indirectly.

Funded by the DOE’s SBIR/STTR programs, today’s selections are for Phase II research and development. Small companies that demonstrated the technical feasibility of innovations during their Phase I grants competed for prototype or process development funding during Phase II. Additionally, previous Phase II winners competed for second or third Phase II prizes to continue prototype and process development. The median price for Phase II is $1,100,000 for a two-year term. Funding for selected projects comes from the DOE’s Office of Science.

“AdvR has been at the forefront of innovation and cutting-edge technology development for more than two decades, and this funding will allow them to continue to solve our toughest problems and create well-paying jobs in Montana. “, said US Senator Jon Tester (MT). “It’s going to take everyone on deck to develop the next generation of computing technology, and I’m proud to see Montana small businesses like AdvR leading the charge.”

“Investing in our clean energy economy will not only help us fight climate change, but also create well-paying local jobs. This federal funding will bring us closer to achieving these goals of fighting climate change, advancing our state’s clean energy economy, and stimulating small businesses in our communities,” noted we Senator Chris Van Hollen (MARYLAND). “That’s why I fought for this federal funding to make job-creating investments focused on small businesses and to encourage innovation, research and technological breakthroughs as local economic engines that foster growth. health of our communities, our environment and our climate. »

“Today’s funding recognizes Arizona’s small business leadership in innovation and will help our state’s business community continue to grow, develop advanced technologies, and create jobs,” said US Senator Krysten Sinema (AZ).

“During my tenure as Chair of the House Small Business Committee, I have seen countless examples of small businesses driving American innovation through the SBIR/STTR program. These grants will help various small businesses working in vital areas like climate research and clean energy conversion turn their technological breakthroughs into functional businesses,” said US Representative Nydia Velázquez (NY-7). “I am proud that these deserving New York small businesses are receiving these awards, and I look forward to seeing their contributions to our state’s economy and to their fields of science.”

“Small businesses fuel American innovation and lay the foundation for tomorrow’s economy. I applaud the Marylanders in my district who will benefit from this grant in the future and thank them for using their ingenuity for the greater good,” said US Representative Kweisi Mfume (MD-07).

“Congratulations to Translume, Inc. of Ann Arbor for receiving $1.6 million in funding to continue their work producing glass structures, specifically for ion trapping and quantum computing,” said U.S. Representative Debbie Dingell (MI-12). “Small businesses that create innovative solutions to tackle the climate crisis support their own communities and strengthen scientific discovery as a whole. I am grateful to the Department of Energy’s Small Business Research Programs for supporting these projects that will help us protect our environment and transition to cleaner energy.

“Small businesses are the backbone of our economy, but they continue to face unprecedented challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” said U.S. Representative Joe Morelle (NY-25). “These grants will not only help businesses in times of need, they will also help bolster our recovery efforts by investing in innovation, supporting clean energy development and creating jobs. I am grateful that Rochester businesses benefit from these federal awards, and I thank the Department of Energy for its continued commitment to strengthening our economy.

“I am delighted that Giner, Inc. has been awarded a small business research and development grant from the Department of Energy. This funding will give small businesses the resources to turn their game-changing ideas into products and services, enabling us to make the necessary climate investments,” said US Representative Jake Auchincloss (MA-4).

“I am thrilled to see over $1.6 million in SBIR funding from the Department of Energy awarded to Dynamite Analytics at Peachtree Corners,” said US Representative Carolyn Bourdeaux (GA-07). “Georgia’s 7th Congressional District is home to countless companies working to research and commercialize next-generation technologies in clean energy, cybersecurity, and healthcare, and this award will further strengthen our capabilities to create an innovation ecosystem in Gwinnett County. As a member of the Small Business Committee, I will continue to work to increase opportunities for small businesses to work with the federal government.

“Through these awards, the DOE Small Business Innovation Research and technology transfer to small businesses programs continue to support New Mexico’s innovation economy,” said US Representative Teresa Leger Fernández (NM-03). “As a former small business owner, I’m excited to see how today’s federal investments in New Mexico small businesses could advanceing technologies ranging from medical research to reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

“I am pleased to see the Department of Energy taking steps to invest in various small businesses like Hummingbird Precision Machine Company in Lacey which supports many good paying jobs in our area,” said US Representative Marilyn Strickland (WA-10). “I look forward to working with the Department of Energy and other government agencies to ensure that we are always working to elevate South Sound businesses, fostering an environment that is conducive to innovation, discovery and scientific and technological breakthroughs.”

Selected project locations include:

  • EXpressLO LLC. (Lehigh Acres, Florida): Understanding the structure/property relationships of biomolecules is essential for the development of new drugs, medical treatments and the treatment of human diseases. The project will develop a method for handling cryogenic samples for fast, easy, reproducible and cost-effective biomolecular analyses.
  • TDA Research, Inc. (Wheat Ridge, CO): Deletion CO2 from the flue gases of ultra-low energy power plants is an important step forward for emissions control. TDA will create new, inexpensive separation technology that will help controlling CO2 emissions from power plants as well as in the purification of natural gas.
  • TreauInc. (San Francisco, C.A): The heating and cooling of buildings consumes more than 15% of we energy annually and are usually accomplished with expensive heat exchangers. Energy consumption and equipment cost can be reduced by the use of high efficiency, low cost heat exchangers made from thin polymer films.
  • Vista Clara Inc. (Mukilteo, WA): Subsurface processes at coastal interfaces are essential for the transport and cycling of nutrients, such as nitrogen, which can both support and harm ecosystem health. This project will provide sensor technologies (related to hospital MRI) that will enable scientists to better measure, model and predict the behavior of these processes in a changing world. The technology will also provide data that will reduce risk and improve project success in commercial markets, including civil, geotechnical and environmental engineering.
  • Quantitative Biosciences (San Diego, California): Access to drinking water is essential to our quality of life and to our economy and ensuring this access for future generations will involve developing new, practical and affordable sensor technologies. This pproject aims to develop a customizable biosensor that can continuously and remotely monitor water for common contaminants.

For more information on the 87 projects, Click onhere.

For more information on the DOE’s SBIR and STTR programs, visit the Office of Programswebsite.

Mmore information on the projects announced today is available at the following link: https://science.osti.gov/sbir/awards/.


Source: Department of Energy