Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer Funding Opportunities

November 15, 2021 | Lynn Abramson, President, CEBN

The Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR), known as “America’s Seed Fund,” provides nondilutive grants to small businesses to help them develop and commercialize technology innovations. The Department of Energy (DOE) has announced topics for the next round of grants. This year’s solicitation is particularly focused on recruiting applicants from underrepresented demographics and also includes a cross-cutting funding opportunity on community partnerships to enable a just and equitable energy transition.

The Clean Energy Business Network is a nationwide nonprofit that serves as the small business voice for the clean energy economy. Our team is working with the Department of Energy and Small Business Administration to help ensure that federal grant dollars for clean energy technology innovation and economic growth reach a more representative range of the U.S. population. We want to make sure every eligible applicant knows about these funding opportunities and receives the support needed to successfully compete for these funds.

The deadline for FY22 phase 1 applications has passed.

If you applied for the current round of funding, you will be notified of success on May 16, 2022. Department of Energy’s SBIR/STTR funding is released twice a year. See below for more information on the next rounds of funding. Make sure you’re signed up for the CEBN newsletter to learn about similar relevant funding opportunities or check our cleantech funding database.

FY23 Phase 1 SBIR/STTR Release Timeline:

  • July 11, 2022: Release 1 Topics Available
  • August 8, 2022: Release 1 Funding Opportunity Announcement Available
  • August 29, 2022: Release 1 Letter of Intent (LOI) Due
  • October 11, 2022: Release 1 Full Application Due
  • November 7, 2022: Release 2 Topics Available
  • December 12, 2022: Release 2 Funding Opportunity Announcement Available
  • January 3, 2023: Release 2 Letter of Intent (LOI) Due
  • February 21, 2023: Release 2 Full Application Due

FY22 Phase I Release 2 Information:


  • Dec. 13, 2021: Full details released in funding opportunity announcement (FOA)
  • Jan. 3, 2022: Letters of intent due
  • Feb. 22, 2022 at 11:59 pm ET: Full applications due*
  • May 16, 2022: Award Notification

Technical Assistance:

Past DOE Webinars:

Past Power Connector Webinars:

  • Watch recording: CEBN Office Hours: Getting a Head Start on Your Application
  • Watch recording: CEBN Office Hours: Preparing your Application
  • Watch recording: CEBN Office Hours: One Month Out; Password – SBIRapplicant22
  • Watch recording: SBIR/STTR Webinar & Teaming Event; overview of the program, strategies for success, and opportunity to team up with partners
  • Watch recording: UACI webinar on Understanding DOE SBIR/STTR Opportunities
  • Watch recording: UACI webinar on Preparing Your Letter of Intent
  • Watch recording: UACI webinar on Finding the Right Topics

Get a Head Start:

  • Avoid the last-minute paperwork scramble. Register your business now with DUNS, SAM, and PAMS so you’re ready to submit when the time comes.