The Department of Energy will award 189 research and development grants worth a total of $33M in support of the Office of Science’s efforts to study the feasibility of new technology, DOE said Monday.
The department will select 149 small businesses in 32 states to participate in R&D programs for the Office of Advanced Scientific Computing, Office of Basic Energy Sciences, Office of Biological and Environmental Research and Office of Nuclear Physics. Grants under the program’s first phase will run for six to 12 months and have a median amount of $150K.
The firms who were successful may apply in fiscal year 2020 for phase two grants which will focus on the development of prototypes or processes that build on the companies' phase one findings. The phase two grants have a $1.1M median amount and will run for up to two years.
DOE will provide funding for the grants through its Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer programs.