ROCHESTER, N.Y., Aug. 20, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) this week released its 2016 SBIR/STTR Phase I Release I Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA). To view the FOA and corresponding deadlines, visit http://science.energy.gov/sbir/funding-opportunities. DOE's SBIR/STTR Phase 0 Assistance Program is accepting applications from eligible small businesses in tandem with this release.
DOE's aim is to increase the number of responsive, high quality proposals submitted to the Department of Energy within targeted states with historically low SBIR/STTR submissions to the DOE, and amongst women and minority-owned businesses. The Phase 0 program is designed to assist small businesses with the preparation of a compelling proposal for consideration of federal SBIR dollars.
"Some of these underrepresented states may surprise people, so we encourage eligible small businesses to see if they are eligible for Phase 0 services, which can greatly enhance the chances of winning a Small Business Innovation Research or a Small Business Technology Transfer award," explains Jenny C. Servo, Ph.D., President of Dawnbreaker, which administers the Phase 0 Program for DOE. "A member of the Dawnbreaker team will customize a suite of services for each company based on its particular needs."
Phase 0 services provided may include assistance with preparing a Letter of Intent (LOI), communication and market research, DOE SBIR/STTR proposal preparation and submission, small business development training and mentoring, technology advice and consultation, intellectual property consultation, and assistance with calculating indirect rates and financials.
In addition, the Department of Energy is hosting two upcoming webinars – the first will take place Friday, August 21 on the Funding Opportunity Announcement. To register for the webinar, visit http://bit.ly/1LlmPIp. The second webinar will be hosted on September 2 and will focus on indirect rates. You may register at http://bit.ly/1LsG8g0.
The Online Tutorials, which were utilized a record number of times this past month, are free for anybody to use. The Online Tutorials address common questions and concerns when dealing with the DOE SBIR/STTR application process, such as how do you prepare a Letter of Intent, how to select a Principal Investigator, and how to prepare for a conversation with a DOE Topic Manager. You can access the Online Tutorials by visiting www.doesbirlearning.com.
For more information on the DOE Phase 0 Assistance Program, or to see if you are eligible to receive services, please visit our website at: www.dawnbreaker.com/DOEPhase0.
Contact: Richard Smerbeck
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