ROCHESTER, N.Y., July 21, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) issued topics yesterday for the upcoming FY16 Phase I Release I Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA). To align with this release, DOE's SBIR/STTR Phase 0 Assistance Program is now accepting applications from eligible small businesses. To determine eligibility and apply for Phase 0 assistance, please visit www.dawnbreaker.com/doephase0/apply.php.
As the only federal Phase 0 program, this initiative is designed 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.
"We encourage any small business interested in the DOE's SBIR/STTR program to view our website and check their eligibility for Phase 0 services, as some as these underrepresented states may surprise people," explains Jenny C. Servo, Ph.D., President of Dawnbreaker, which administers the Phase 0 Program for DOE. "In addition, we are rolling out our brand new Online Tutorials developed specifically for those looking to prepare a Phase I SBIR or STTR proposal to submit to the Department of Energy. The Online Tutorials are free for anybody to use, regardless of whether or not they are accepted into the DOE Phase 0 program."
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. A customized suite of services will be provided to each company, based on its specific needs. A member of the Dawnbreaker team will assess which services are most appropriate during the application process.
The Online Tutorials, which will also be released this week, will address common questions and concerns when dealing with the DOE SBIR/STTR application process, such as why you need a Letter of Intent, how to select a Principal Investigator, and when you should contact the DOE Topic Manager.
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.
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