Small Business Vouchers Pilot

Energizing the Clean Economy

Small businesses working to bring advanced energy technologies and services to market now have the national laboratory system in their corner. Through the Department of Energy’s Small Business Vouchers pilot, small businesses working on clean energy and clean technology can access the world-leading researchers, facilities, and expertise of the national laboratories.

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Launching Innovation


Small businesses in the clean energy sector are invited to apply for assistance from the Department of Energy’s national laboratories through the department’s new Small Business Vouchers Pilot. This initiative is designed to increase small business access and connect clean energy innovators across the country with the top-notch scientists, engineers, and world-class facilities at our national laboratories.

America is competing to win the global clean energy race. National Laboratories, our science and engineering powerhouses, are pivotal national resources for small and large companies commercializing clean energy products and technologies. New forms of public-private partnerships, like the Small Business Vouchers Pilot, will help our nation cross the finish line first and lead on clean energy.

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.

Now Open for Business! Businesses are invited to apply at www.sbv.org.