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Manny Oliver, Director of the US Department of Energy (DOE) SBIR/STTR Programs Office, recently posted and distributed a letter outlining several changes to DOE’s SBIR and STTR programs. A portion of the letter appears below for your convenience. The link to the entire letter is available on the DOE SBIR/STTR website HERE

Dear DOE SBIR/STTR Programs Participant:

Since accepting the position as the Director of the SBIR/STTR Programs Office at DOE in December, 2010, I have been pleased to see that there is a very talented community of small businesses that are active in the DOE SBIR and STTR programs and that interest continues to grow every year. To continue to improve the program, we are planning to implement significant changes, beginning this year, fiscal year 2012 (FY 2012).

The primary motivation for these changes is to improve the commercialization outcomes for DOE?s SBIR and STTR programs and also to improve the administration of the programs. This email will highlight some of the important changes, but I would encourage you to read the FY 2012 SBIR/STTR Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs) which will have more detailed information.

Here is a listing of the important changes that are discussed more fully in the letter.

– Issue two annual SBIR/STTR Phase I FOAs beginning in FY 2012;
– Early posting of topics;
– Letters of Intent required;
– Limits on the number of applications;
– Increased emphasis on commercialization plans in Phase I and Phase II applications;
– Increase in the STTR maximum award amounts for Phase I and Phase II.


Manny Oliver
Director, SBIR/STTR Programs Office 
US Department of Energy

Submitted by: AZSBDC Technology Coordinator Sanjay Dhole