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March 16, 2016

DOE’s Small Business Vouchers Pilot Selects 33 for Lab Collaboration

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) on March 10 announced that 33 small businesses have been selected to work directly with DOE national labs to accelerate the transformation toward a clean energy economy. The companies were competitively chosen from a pool of hundreds of applications.

DOE will invest nearly $6.7 million under Round 1 of the new Small Business Vouchers (SBV) pilot. These partnerships between clean energy small businesses and DOE national laboratories help promote economic development and innovation by pairing DOE's laboratory resources and expertise with small business.

The selected small businesses, from more than 20 states, will work with scientists at nine department laboratories—the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the Argonne, Idaho, Lawrence Berkeley, Lawrence Livermore, Los Alamos, Oak Ridge, Pacific Northwest, and Sandia national laboratories.

SBV is a collaborative, national effort that provides $20 million for U.S. companies to help improve industry awareness of national laboratory capabilities and provide small- and mid-size businesses access to the resources available within the national laboratory system. Vouchers range from $50,000 to $300,000. The department also announced it is accepting applications for Round 2 of the SBV pilot, which are due by April 10. A total of $13 million worth of funding remains; over the course of the year, up to 100 vouchers will be awarded.

See the DOE news release, the list of awardees PDF and the SBV website.