[NEW FUNDING] Topics Announced for Small Business Solar Innovations

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Solar Energy Technologies Office 

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On November 6, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced the topics for the Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) funding programs for fiscal year 2024. The programs give U.S. small businesses an opportunity to conduct high-risk, cutting-edge research and technology development with potential for commercialization, spurring innovation, and job creation.  

SBIR/STTR funding enables small businesses to achieve their goals in two phases: Phase I provides up to $200,000 to prove an idea’s feasibility. If successful, awardees can then receive up to $1.1 million in Phase II to develop a prototype. 

The DOE Solar Energy Technologies Office is hosting an informational webinar on December 4 at 2 p.m. ET to discuss the Phase I solar topics, listed below. Register for the webinar.  

DOE plans to fund projects that advance a broad range of ideas in the following topic areas:  

  • Power Electronic Technologies for Solar Systems 
  • Supercritical Carbon Dioxide Power Cycles for Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) 
  • CSP Technologies for Gen3 CSP, Commercial CSP (Gen2 CSP), or Concentrated Solar-Industrial Process Industrial Heat  
  • Solar Hardware and Software Technologies: Affordability, Reliability, Performance, and Manufacturing 

Mandatory letters of intent are due January 3, 2024, at 5 p.m. ET. Learn more about the solar topics, and look for the funding opportunity announcement to which you can apply in the coming weeks.