U.S. DOE’s Small Business Voucher Program
The Small Business Voucher Program, launched by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), will provide up to $20 million in vouchers to small businesses seeking technical expertise in clean technology development and commercialization. By way of the vouchers, small businesses can request technical support from DOE national labs, which will in turn assist with addressing technical problems, testing and validating technologies, developing and testing unique materials, conducting modeling and analyses, prototyping, providing advanced technology for hardware and software applications, scaling up technologies and processes, developing engineering designs, field-testing, and conducting analyses to understand market value.
Tennessee-based Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) was selected as one of the five pilot laboratories for this program. ORNL will assist with projects that focus on advanced manufacturing, building technologies, and vehicle technologies. In addition to Oak Ridge, Pacific Northwest, National Renewable Energy Lab, Berkeley Lab, and Sandia National Lab have also been chosen to participate in the program.
The program is now accepting Requests for Assistance (RFA) from U.S. small businesses interested in working with a national laboratory to address a range of commercialization challenges within the following technical areas: advanced manufacturing, bioenergy, buildings, fuel cells, geothermal, solar, vehicles, water power, and wind. Vouchers totaling $12 million, which range from $50,000 to $300,000 in value, are available for rounds three and four of the program. RFAs are due on November 10, 2016 at 11:59 pm EST. To learn more about the program, please visit www.SBV.org.