Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Awards

Small business innovation research (SBIR) is a U.S. government program in which federal agencies with large research and development (R&D) budgets set aside a small fraction of their funding for competitions among small businesses only. Small businesses that win awards in these programs retain the rights to any technology developed and are encouraged to commercialize the technology.

Each year (typically in September), the Department of Energy (DOE) issues a funding opportunity solicitation inviting small businesses to apply for SBIR grants. For more specific information, see the DOE Office of Science SBIR/STTR website.

Current Projects

PIInstitutionPeriodProjectAwarded to Date
Thomas, RossSyntroTek Corporation, Boulder, CO02/18/2020 - 02/17/2021Solid-State Multiparameter Water Quality Sensors for Performing Robust Hyporheic Zone Measurements$200,000.00 Active
Yang, WilliamBaySpec, Inc., San Jose, CA02/18/2020 - 02/17/2021Spectral Near-Infrared and Thermal Infrared Imaging for Advanced Estimation of Thermal and Geochemical Soil-Plant -Water Properties$199,996.00 Active
Ferry, MichaelQuantitative BioSciences Inc., San Diego, CA02/18/2020 - 02/17/2021A Low-Power Platform for Selective Sensing of Metals and Nutrients using Engineered Bacterial Autolysis$206,500.00 Active
Farrington, StephenTranscend Engineering and Technology, LLC, Gaysville, VT02/18/2020 - 02/17/2021Soil Moisture Flux Sensor using Machine Intelligence$199,977.00 Active
Chaudhary, AashishKitware Inc., Clifton Park, NY02/18/2020 - 02/17/2021ResonantHPC: HPC Enabled Pre-and-Post-Processing with Jupyter$199,999.00 Active
Johnson, WilliamMichigan Aerospace Corp., Ann Arbor, MI02/18/2020 - 02/17/2021Development of Low-Cost In-Situ Laser Sensor for Measurement of Turbidity/Bathymetry/Flow Speed from UAVs and Ground Stations$206,497.00 Active
Roscioli, JosephAerodyne Research, Inc., Billerica, MA02/18/2020 - 11/17/2020Development of Spatially and Temporally-Resolved Subsurface Measurements of Hydrogen, its Isotopes, and other Trace Gase$199,997.00 Active
Zhang, LihuaIntelligent Optical Systems, Inc., Torrance, CA02/18/2020 - 11/17/2020Optode Films for Real-Time Soil, Rhizosphere, and Subsurface Monitoring$206,483.00 Active
Ray, AnamikaInnoSense LLC, Torrance, CA02/18/2020 - 11/17/2020Multiarray Sensors for Real Time Detection of Microbial Metabolites in Watersheds and Sub-surface Systems$206,499.00 Active
Bomse, DavidMesa Photonics, LLC, Santa Fe, NM02/18/2020 - 11/17/2020Downhole Raman Analyzer for Soil Gases at Discrete Depths$206,415.00 Active
Versteeg, RoelofSubsurface Insights, Hanover, NH02/18/2020 - 12/17/2020Hyporheic Zone Sensing System$200,000.00 Active
Fisher, MatthewInnovative Wireless Technologies, Inc., Lynchburg, VA04/06/2020 - 04/05/2022Integrated Sensor Network Provides Near Real-Time Temporal and Spatial Measurements for Capturing In Situ Parameters to Characterize Fate and Transport of Solutes in Hydrobiogeochemical Systems$2,807,908.00 Active
Grunewald, ElliotVista Clara Inc., Mukilteo, WA04/06/2020 - 04/05/2022Switched-Field Surface NMR for Enhanced Detection and Resolution of Shallow Groundwater$1,781,493.00 Active
Jensen, ErikHJ Science & Technology, Inc., Berkeley, CA04/10/2017 - 04/09/2021Portable Microfluidic Platform for Real-Time, High Sensitivity Identification and Analysis of Microbes and Microbial Populations$1,724,411.00 Active
Bomse, DavidMesa Photonics, LLC, Santa Fe, NM04/10/2017 - 06/30/2021Practical Isotopic Analyzer for Subsurface Gases$1,722,898.00 Active
Nuzzio, DonaldAnalytical Instrument Systems, Inc., Ringoes, NJ04/10/2017 - 11/02/2020Biogeochemical Characterization of Redox Species$1,168,440.00 Active
Kang, YuhongNanoSonic, Inc., Pembroke, VA05/21/2018 - 05/20/2021Integrated Nanomembrane based Chemical Field Effect Transistors (ChemFETs) for Groundwater Monitoring$1,740,000.00 Active
Ghosh, RubyOpti O2, LLC, Okemos, MI05/21/2018 - 05/20/2021Real-time Dissolved Oxygen Monitoring for Understanding Biogeochemical Processes in the Hanford Reach Columbia River Hyporheic Zone$1,716,617.00 Active
Ghosh, RubyOpti O2, LLC, Okemos, MI05/21/2018 - 05/20/2021Persistent Monitoring of Dissolved Oxygen as a Control on the Bio-Geochemical Cycles within the Coastal/Terrestrial Interface$1,729,148.00 Active
Savich, GregoryAmethyst Research, Inc., Ardmore, OK05/21/2018 - 05/20/2021Resonant Cavity Light Emitting Diodes for Infrared Gas Spectroscopy$1,726,850.00 Active
Bomse, DavidMesa Photonics, LLC, Santa Fe, NM05/21/2018 - 05/20/2021Portable, Low Power Soil Gas Analyzer$1,738,789.00 Active
Grunewald, ElliotVista Clara Inc., Mukilteo, WA05/21/2018 - 10/31/2020Dynamic NMR Logging Technologies for High-Resolution Measurement of Hydrogeologic Properties and Soil Response$1,739,951.00 Active
Ray, AnamikaInnoSense LLC, Torrance, CA05/21/2018 - 11/20/2020Portable Nanowire Platform for Quasi Real-Time and Ultrasensitive Detection of Microbes$1,730,000.00 Active
Moussally, GeorgeMirage Systems, San Jose, CA05/21/2018 - 12/31/2020Multi-Sensor UAV-Platform Including SAR for High-Fidelity Measurement of Vertically Resolved Soil Moisture Distribution and Its Coupling with Distributed Sensor Network Data$1,647,713.00 Active
Versteeg, RoelofSubsurface Insights, Hanover, NH05/28/2019 - 05/27/2021Cloud based watershed and terrestrial ecosystem data management, integration, and analytics$1,150,000.00 Active
Roscioli, JosephAerodyne Research, Inc., Billerica, MA05/28/2019 - 05/27/2021Spatially-Resolved Microbial Activity Probe Using Infrared Measurements of Nitrous Oxide and Methane Isotopes in Soil$1,767,503.00 Active
Finsterle, StefanFinsterle GeoConsulting, Kensington, CA05/28/2019 - 05/27/2021Developing an Automated Uncertainty Quantification Tool to Improve Watershed-Scale Predictions of Water and Nutrient Cycling$850,000.00 Active
Cookson, NatalieQuantitative BioSciences Inc., San Diego, CA05/28/2019 - 05/27/2021A Microfluidic Biosensor Platform for Real-Time Water Monitoring$1,771,150.00 Active
Pearce, AndreaTranscend Engineering and Technology, LLC, Gaysville, VT02/18/2020 - 02/17/2021Progressive Automation of Minirhizotron Image Processing Through Advanced Contextualization and Machine Learning$206,393.00 Active
Ball, KennethGeometric Data Analytics, Inc., Durham, NC02/18/2020 - 02/17/2021Shape Analytics for In Situ Fine Root Measurements$196,318.00 Active
Garcia, ManuelUHV Technologies, Inc., Lexington, KY02/18/2020 - 11/17/2020Novel Deep Learning Methods for Mini Rhizotron Measurements$200,000.00 Active
Shasharina, SvetlanaTech-X Corporation, Boulder, CO02/18/2020 - 11/17/2020DeepRoot: Automated Root Analysis for Minirhizotrons$199,908.00 Active
Stoecker-Sylvia, ZackOceanit Laboratories, Inc., Honolulu, HI02/18/2020 - 12/17/2020Image Processing Improvements for In Situ Fine Root Measurements - Rootinaview$200,000.00 Active
Sonnenfroh, DavidPhysical Sciences Inc., Andover, MA05/21/2020 - 05/20/2022Ultracompact Laser Ceilometer for Boundary Layer and Cloud Height Retrievals$2,838,697.00 Active
Tannian, BridgetSpectral Sciences, Inc., Burlington, MA05/28/2019-05/27/2021Compact, High Performance, Drone-mounted Spectral Imaging System for Ecosystem Carbon-Cycle Characterization and Agricultural Monitoring$2,774,644.00 Active


Completed Projects

PIInstitutionPeriodProjectAwarded to Date
Chaudhary, AashishKitware Inc., Clifton Park, NY02/19/2019 - 02/18/2020Open Source Scalable Data Services and Data Fusion for Biological and Environmental Sciences$224,999.00 Expired
Versteeg, RoelofSubsurface Insights, Hanover, NH02/19/2019 - 03/27/2020Integrated Management and Analysis Platform for Multi Domain Site Data$225,000.00 Expired
Gupta, ManishNikira Labs Inc., Mountain View, AR02/19/2019 - 11/18/2019Oxygen Isotope and Carbon Dioxide Analyzer for Measurements of Respiratory Quotients and Mechanisms in Soil and Dissolved Gases$224,105.00 Expired
Rasool, HaiderIntellisense Systems, Inc., Torrance, CA02/19/2019 - 11/18/2019Real-time Autonomous Gas Analyzer for Soils$225,000.00 Expired
Delgado Alonso, JesusIntelligent Optical Systems, Inc., Torrance, CA02/19/2019 - 11/18/2019Geochemical Monitoring System and Network for Complex Subsurface Matrices$224,987.00 Expired
Jamison, KeithAmethyst Research, Inc., Ardmore, OK02/19/2019 - 11/18/2019Low cost, High speed Multi-probe Monitoring System for Subsurface Gases$231,493.00 Expired
Hafen, RyanHafen Consulting, LLC, West Richland, WA02/19/2019 - 12/30/2019MODE: The Multi-omics Data Exploration Platform$221,476.00 Expired
Versteeg, RoelofSubsurface Insights, Hanover, NH04/09/2018 - 03/29/2019Real time measurement system for coupled surface/subsurface processes$225,000.00 Expired
Chaudhary, AashishKitware Inc., Clifton Park, NY04/09/2018 - 04/08/2019From data to models and analytics: An integrated scientific computing platform to accelerate environmental research$150,000.00 Expired
Priyantha, WeerasingheAmethyst Research, Inc., Ardmore, OK04/10/2017 - 07/09/2019Gas Imaging and Monitoring Camera$1,724,996.00 Expired
Burge, ScottBurge Environmental, Inc., Tempe, AZ05/21/2018 - 05/20/2020Automated Monitoring of Subsurface Microbial Metabolism with Graphite Electrodes$2,211,901.00 Expired
Nelson, DavidAerodyne Research, Inc., Billerica, MA02/17/2015 - 11/16/2015Ultra High Precision Laser Monitor for Oxygen Eddy Flux Measurements$223,636.00 Expired
Shorter, JoanneAerodyne Research, Inc., Billerica, MA02/18/2014 - 11/17/2014Compact, Low-Power Nitrous Oxide Monitor for Eddy Flux Soil Emission Measurements$224,997.00 Expired
Stetter, JosephKWJ Engineering Incorporated, Newark, CA02/18/2014 - 12/31/2014Low Power Nano-Sensor Based Measurement of Atmospheric Nitrogen and Argon$216,806.00 Expired
Priyantha, WeerasingheAmethyst Research, Inc., Ardmore, OK02/17/2015 - 11/16/2015A Low Cost Multipoint Gas Sensor for Monitoring Subsurface Isotopologues$224,847.00 Expired
Chakravarty, SwapnajitOmega Optics Inc., Austin, TX02/17/2015 - 11/16/2015Highly Sensitive High Throughput Chip Based Biosensor Array for multiplexed detection of metals and radionuclides$225,000.00 Expired
Delgado Alonso, JesusIntelligent Optical Systems, Inc., Torrance, CA02/17/2015 - 11/16/2015Modeling-Oriented Geochemical Monitoring for Complex Subsurface Matrices$229,995.00 Expired
Bomse, DavidMesa Photonics, LLC, Santa Fe, NM02/17/2015 - 11/16/2015Real-time, in situ, process-based soil gas analyzer$224,428.00 Expired
Ruan, HangNanoSonic, Inc., Pembroke, VA02/20/2012 - 11/19/2012Integrated Metal RubberTM Sensors for Subsurface Monitoring$150,000.00 Expired
Ulmer, ChrisPhysical Optics Corporation, Torrance, CA02/21/2017 - 01/20/2018In-situ Subsurface Soil Analyzer$229,994.00 Expired
Metting, ChristopherAccustrata, Inc., Rockville, MD02/21/2017 - 02/20/2018Field Deployable In Situ Excitation Emission Matrix Spectroscopy System for Subsurface Monitoring$230,000.00 Expired
Van Nostrand, JoyGlomics, Inc, Norman, OK02/21/2017 - 02/20/2018Development of a Sequence Capture Approach for Monitoring in situ Nitrogen Cycling Potential in Microbial Communities$229,996.00 Expired
Jamison, KeithAmethyst Research, Inc., Ardmore, OK02/21/2017 - 11/20/2017High Sensitive Methane Sensor for Real-time Measurements of Methane Isotopes$213,792.00 Expired
Farrington, StephenTranscend Engineering and Technology, LLC, Gaysville, VT02/22/2016 - 01/23/2017Low-Cost Distributed Temperature Sensor Using Electrical TDR$224,388.00 Expired
Mazumdar, DebapriyaANDalyze, Champaign, IL04/06/2015 - 04/05/2017Real-time, Continuous and Quantitative Detection of Bioavailable Radionuclides and Heavy Metals in Contaminated Water at DOE Sites$1,148,261.00 Expired
Argun, AvniGiner, Inc., Newton, MA04/06/2015 - 06/05/2018Portable Sensor for Detection of Microorganisms in Groundwater$1,724,936.00 Expired
Walsh, DavidVista Clara Inc., Mukilteo, WA04/06/2015 - 10/06/2016Low Cost In-Situ NMR Technologies for Monitoring Biological and Geochemical Processes in the Subsurface$1,524,998.00 Expired
Prabhu, SwathiInnovative Wireless Technologies, Inc., Lynchburg, VA04/09/2018 - 01/08/2019BigData Enhancement to the Integrated Environmental Quality Sensing system to capture in situ measurements to dynamically characterize fate and transport of solutes in hydrobiogeochemical systems$149,971.00 Expired
Schundler, ElizabethPhysical Sciences Inc., Andover, MA04/09/2018 - 01/08/2019Optical Probe for Rapid In Situ Survey of Soil Moisture and Carbon (22b)$224,931.00 Expired
Grunewald, ElliotVista Clara Inc., Mukilteo, WA04/11/2016 - 03/20/2019Rapid Scanning Surface NMR for Efficient Land and Airborne Hydrogeologic Mapping$1,724,996.00 Expired
Hall, StephenFreestone Environmental Services, Inc., Richland, WA04/11/2016 - 09/28/2018Real-Time, In Situ Measurement of Hexavalent Chromium in Groundwater$2,150,533.00 Expired
Versteeg, RoelofSubsurface Insights, Hanover, NH04/15/2016 - 12/01/2018Multiscale Hydrogeologic-Biogeochemical Process Monitoring and Prediction Framework$2,149,966.00 Expired
Ghosh, RubyOpti O2, LLC, Okemos, MI04/18/2015 - 07/17/2018Dissolved Oxygen Probe System for Real-time, In-situ Subsurface Monitoring$1,709,640.00 Expired
Burge, ScottBurge Environmental, Inc., Tempe, AZ06/17/2011 - 06/16/2012Development of An Automated System to Measure Tritium in Groundwater: A Toll to Enable Remote Field Monitoring for the Presence and Migration of Tritium at ....$99,830.00 Expired
Kutzner, JoergVista Photonics, Inc., Santa Fe, NM06/19/2010 - 03/18/2011Isotope Hygrometer for In-situ Subsurface Characterization$100,000.00 Expired
Hitchens, DuncanLynntech, Inc., College Station, TX06/19/2010 - 12/18/2011Contaminant Specific Biosensor for Monitoring Heavy Metal and Radionuclide Bioremediation$100,000.00 Expired
Zhou, JizhongGlomics, Inc, Norman, OK08/15/2011 - 08/14/2014Development of Microarrays-based Metagenomics Technology for Monitoring Sulfate-Reducing Bacteria in Subsurface Environments$849,147.00 Expired
Walsh, DavidVista Clara Inc., Mukilteo, WA08/15/2011 - 11/14/2013Integrated Use of Surface and Subsurface NMR for Measuring and Mapping Saturated Hydraulic Conductivity in Three Dimensions$850,000.00 Expired
Albert, MichaelFibertek, Inc., Herndon, VA02/21/2017 - 02/20/2018Novel Compact Ceilometer$228,682.00 Expired
Ulmer, ChrisPhysical Optics Corporation, Torrance, CA02/21/2017 - 11/20/2017Low-Power Micro Ceilometer$230,000.00 Expired
Clemens, PeterHeadwall Photonics Inc., Fitchburg, MA02/22/2016 - 09/21/2016Minitaurized VNIR-SWIR Hyperspectral Sensor Technology Platform for Unmanned Aerial Systems$224,580.00 Expired
Zhang, FangPhysical Optics Corporation, Torrance, CA02/22/2016 - 11/21/2016High Resolution Miniature Multiband Spectroradiometer for UAS Platforms$224,736.00 Expired
Pieper, SeanSporian Microsystems, Inc., Lafayette, CO02/22/2016 - 11/21/2016Miniaturized UAS Spectroradiometer for Quantifying Ecosystems$229,999.00 Expired
Walsh, DavidVista Clara Inc., Mukilteo, WA04/06/2015 - 01/05/2018Low cost, Autonomous NMR and Multi-sensor Soil Monitoring Instrument$1,724,998.00 Expired
Thorpe, MichaelBridger Photonics, Inc., Bozeman, MT04/06/2015 - 04/05/2017Lidar-based high resolution 3D imager and remote gas sensor: a new paradigm for terrestrial environmental monitoring$1,718,815.00 Expired
Sabin, GeraldRNET Technologies, Inc., Dayton, OH04/06/2015 - 09/30/2018Ground Penetrating Radar System and Algorithms for Fine Root Analysis$1,724,999.00 Expired
Stanton, AlanSouthwest Sciences, Inc., Santa Fe, NM04/10/2017 - 09/30/2019Portable nitrous oxide sensor for understanding agricultural and soil emissions$2,734,143.00 Expired
Ulmer, ChrisPhysical Optics Corporation, Torrance, CA04/11/2016 - 01/10/2019Mass Spectroscopy for Atmospheric Gas Analysis$1,721,355.00 Expired
Swanson, RandResonon, Inc., Bozeman, MT04/11/2016 - 04/11/2019A Compact, Broad-Band Hyperspectral SpectroRadiometer$1,419,065.00 Expired
Dupuis, JuliaPhysical Sciences Inc., Andover, MA04/11/2016 - 12/10/2018High Speed VNIR/SWIR Hyperspectral Imager for Quantifying Terrestrial Ecosystems$1,724,305.00 Expired