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U.S. Department of EnergySmall Business Innovation ResearchandSmall Business Technology Transfer

7th Annual NIH SBIR/STTR Conference

July 28-29, 2005

Julie Scott

DOE SBIR/STTR Program Coordinator

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Agency Goals

  • Defense:   Protect our national security using advanced science and nuclear technology.

  • Energy:   Promote a diverse supply and delivery of reliable, affordable, and environmentally sound energy to protect our National and Economic Security

  • Science: Provide world-class scientific research capacity and advance scientific knowledge to protect the National and Economic Security.

  • Environment: Protect the environment by providing a responsible resolution to the legacy of the Cold War and by providing for the permanent disposal of the Nation’s high-level radioactive waste.

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Office of Biological and Environmental Research (BER)


To support fundamental, peer-reviewed research in climate change, environmental remediation, genomics, systems biology, radiation biology, and medical sciences. 

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FY 05 & 06 Biological and Environmental Research (BER)Funding Profile

($ in Millions)FY 05FY 06 Request

Life Sciences 202.8 204.0

Medical Sciences 123.7 14.0

Climate Change 140.9 142.9

Environmental Remediation 104.5 94.7

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BER’s SBIR/STTRParticipation ($15.2 Million – FY 05)

(1) Climate Change

(2) Environmental Remediation

(3) Medical Sciences

(4) Life Sciences

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FY 05 BER Submissions and Awards


Phase I ($100K ea)

Medical Sciences 31 10

Genomes to Life 28 6*

Phase II ($750K ea)

Medical Sciences 9 3

Genomes to Life 5 2**

* 3 of 6 were first time applicants/winners

** Both were first time applicants/winners

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FY 06 Biotech/BiomedicalSBIR and STTR Funding Opportunities

  • Genomes to Life and Related Biotechnologies--develop a detailed understanding of the molecular machines of DOE-relevant microbes and their networking in living cells and microbial communities. 

  • Medical Sciences -- energy‑related technologies including nuclear medicine and advanced imaging instrumentation. DOE is interested in innovative research involving medical technologies to facilitate and advance the current state of diagnosis and treatment of human disorders.

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FY 2006 SBIR/STTR Solicitation

  • Issued in the Fall 2005 (September)

  • Deadline in December 2005

  • Phase I Award Selection – sometime in June 2006

  • Awards begin - ~10-12 weeks after award selection

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FY 2005 SBIR/STTR Budget


FY 2005 Budget $101.4M $12.2M

(2.5%) (0.30%)

Award Selections

Phase I 261 ($ 100K) 30 ($ 100K)

Phase II 108 ($ 750K) 13 ($ 750K)

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Features Of DOE SBIR/STTR Programs

  • Grants

  • Phase I up to $100K for 9 months

  • Phase II up to $750K for 24 months

  • PI must be full-time employee of small business for SBIR

  • PI can be from RI or small business for STTR

  • Electronic application process only

  • Issue one combined solicitation per year; topics narrow

  • Competition is within technical program areas -- proposal to award ratio varies

  • Phase III Commercialization Assistance Programs

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DOE SBIR/STTREvaluation CriteriaPhases I and II

  • Strength of the Scientific/Technical Approach

  • Ability to Carry out the Project in a Cost Effective Manner

  • Impact Including Evidence of Commercial Potential (Phase II Only)

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Overall Success Rates


Phase I 1 out of 6 1 out of 9

Phase II 1 out of 2 1 out of 2

FY 2005 Phase I

  • 291 awards to 202 companies. Of those, 91 were first time winners with DOE.

  • 49 of the 91 first time winners were first time applicants to DOE.

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DOE SBIR/STTR Program Contact Information

Web page: www.science.doe.gov/sbir

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 301-903-1414

Fax: 301-903-5488