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Small Businesses Invited to Participate in DOE National Lab Vouchers Pilot

The Molecular Foundry is a U.S. Department of Energy nanoscience center hosted at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and could be used for collaborative research through the Small Business Voucher Pilot.

The Molecular Foundry is a U.S. Department of Energy nanoscience center hosted at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and could be used for collaborative research through the Small Business Voucher Pilot.

Small businesses in the clean energy sector are invited to apply for assistance from the U.S. Department of Energy’s national laboratories through the department’s new Small Business Vouchers Pilot.

David Danielson, DOE Assistant Secretary for the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), announced the launch of the pilot website during EERE’s Industry Day event at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

“Small businesses that are developing the new clean energy technologies that are needed to cut carbon pollution and create good-paying American jobs often lack the resources necessary to move their innovative ideas from the laboratory bench to the marketplace,” Danielson said. “The EERE Small Business Vouchers pilot is designed specifically to help small businesses bring next-generation clean energy technologies to the market faster by leveraging the world-class capabilities of our national laboratories to solve small businesses’ most pressing challenges.”

As part of EERE’s National Laboratory Impact Initiative, the pilot aims to help small businesses bring next-generation clean energy technologies to the market faster by enabling them to access expertise and specialized equipment at DOE’s national labs.

The $20 million pilot will match clean energy small businesses with experts from DOE’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratories, as well as other participating DOE labs.

More than 100 small businesses selected through the pilot’s merit review process will receive $50,000 to $300,000 vouchers to exchange for national lab technical assistance or initiate collaborative research projects. The assistance will focus on a specific technical challenge identified by the small business.

The pilot focuses on assisting small businesses developing technologies in the following areas: advanced manufacturing, buildings, vehicles, wind, water power, bioenergy, fuel cells, geothermal and solar. To be eligible to apply, businesses must be U.S.-based and -owned with no more than 500 full-time employees worldwide. A total of three cycles of competitions will be offered to interested small businesses in 2015 and 2016.

Businesses are invited to apply at http://www.SBV.org.

SBV contacts:

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory: Jodi Bellacicco, sbv@lbl.gov

National Renewable Energy Laboratory: Sarah Truitt, sbvpilot@nrel.gov

Oak Ridge National Laboratory: Jennifer Palmer, sbvpilot@ornl.gov

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory: Gary Spanner, cleanenergyvouchers@pnnl.gov

Sandia National Laboratories: David Kistin, dkistin@sandia.gov

Media contacts:

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory: Julie Chao, 510-486-6491, jhchao@lbl.gov

National Renewable Energy Laboratory: Heather Lammers, 303-275-4084, Heather.Lammers@nrel.gov

Oak Ridge National Laboratory: Morgan McCorkle, 865-574-7308, mccorkleml@ornl.gov

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory: Susan Bauer, 509-372-6083, susan.bauer@pnnl.gov

Sandia National Laboratories: Nancy Salem, 505-844-2739, mnsalem@sandia.gov

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