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DOE Invests in Phase I R&D Work Under 139 Small Businesses

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The Department of Energy (DOE) has earmarked $37 million to fund Phase I research and development activities under 170 grants issued to 139 small businesses in support of the DOE Office of Science.

DOE said Tuesday the Phase I Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer grants have a median value of $200,000 and cover a period of up to 12 months.

Research topics encompass a range of subject areas under the advanced scientific computing, basic energy sciences, biological and environmental research and nuclear physics segments of the Office of Science.

Specific projects include quantum transponders, high spatial resolution neutron imaging, synthetic biology and ultra low radioactivity cables and circuits.

Successful Phase I participants may apply for Phase II grants in fiscal year 2021. Awards under the second phase have a median amount of $1.1 million and cover a two-year period of prototype development work.

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