Environmental System Science Program
U.S. Department of Energy | Office of Science | Biological and Environmental Research Program

Funding Opportunity: DOE SBIR/STTR Programs FY 2023 Phase I Release 1

August 2022

The Department of Energy (DOE) has issued its FY 2023 Phase I Release 1 Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Programs. Qualified small businesses with strong research capabilities in science or engineering in any of the research areas sought in the announcement are encouraged to apply. The following DOE program offices are participating in this FOA:

  • Advanced Scientific Computing Research
  • Basic Energy Sciences
  • Biological and Environmental Research
  • Nuclear Physics

Important Dates

  • Funding Announcement Number: DE-FOA-0002783
  • Funding Announcement: PDF
  • Topics for Release 1: PDF
  • Letter of Intent: Monday, August 29, 2022 5:00 pm EDT. To be eligible to submit a Phase I application, you must first submit a Letter of Intent to the DOE Portfolio Analysis and Management System (PAMS). View our online tutorial and instructions for assistance in preparing your letter of intent.
  • Submission Deadline for Applications to both SBIR and STTR programs: Tuesday, October 11, 2022 11:59 pm EDT. All Phase I applications must be submitted through the Grants.gov web portal to be considered for award. Please visit our applicant resource page and our SBIR Application Preparation Tutorials for assistance in preparing your application. 
  • Informational Webinar: Friday, August 12, 2022 at 2:00 pm EDT. Register here to join the DOE SBIR/STTR Programs Office in a 45 minute overview of the DOE SBIR/STTR technology areas noted above and the application and award process as it relates to the FY23 Phase I Release 1 FOA. There will be time for Q&A, so don’t forget to submit your questions at the time of registration.
  • Technical Contacts: Please refer to the appropriate DOE Program Manager listed after each subtopic in the DOE SBIR/STTR Topics for Release 1 document.

Important Reminders

  • First-time applicants to DOE SBIR/STTR: DOE offers a free Phase 0 application assistance program to a limited number of first-time DOE SBIR/STTR Phase I applicants. Review your eligibility and apply here.
  • First-time applicants to Grants.gov:  There are a number of registrations you must complete prior to submitting your application. It is recommended that you start this process at least 6 weeks in advance of submitting your application.  Instructions to complete these registrations are in our application guide and online tutorials 12 and 13.
  • Previously registered applicants with Grants.gov: Please note, on April 4, 2022, the federal government changed entity validation service providers at the same time it stopped using the DUNS Number and began using the Unique Entity ID in SAM.gov to uniquely identify entities. All entities, even those already registered in SAM.gov, must validate their entity information through the new service provider. Data rights limitations require SAM.gov to collect the data from the user directly, not use previously validated data. This means entities may have to provide supporting documentation to update the new service provider’s data. This is an expected part of a complex data transition. SAM is working on tickets in the order received. You can find resources related to this process here. Please do not create multiple incidents for the same request. If you have any questions about the SAM process, please contact the Grants.gov Helpdesk at 1-800-518-4726.  Please update your SAM registration TODAY!