Department of Energy Office of Science Small Business Innovation and Research / Small Business Technology Transfer
– 2011-present –
Each year, federal agencies that participate in the SBIR/STTR program set aside 2.5% and 0.3%, respectively, of their extramural research and development budgets to provide funding to small businesses through grants or contracts to stimulate technological innovation to meet federal agency research and development needs. The DOE SBIR/STTR program currently provides $167.5 million ($149.6 million for SBIR and $17.5 million for STTR) annually in research grants to high-technology small businesses in support of high-quality research or R&D on advanced concepts concerning important mission-related scientific or engineering problems and opportunities that are likely to lead to significant public benefit.
Since 2011, NCC has provided end-to-end support of the DOE SBIR/STTR program, successfully executing a base year, four option-year, 8(a) contract to provide on-site administrative and professional support services for the DOE Office of Science SBIR/STTR Grants Applications Processing and Support Center located in Germantown, Maryland. Our eight-person on-site team manages and operates the DOE SBIR/STTR Center, carrying out important responsibilities that include:
- Preparing SBIR and STTR funding opportunity announcements;
- Receiving and distributing grant applications;
- Providing multi-phase evaluation of grant applications;
- Preparing and distributing multi-phase grant review abstracts and reports;
- Reviewing and evaluating the commercialization plans of grant applicants;
- Providing commercialization assistance and outcome evaluation;
- Preparing grant award announcements; and
- Providing post-selection administration support.
In addition to coordinating and executing the above administrative procedures, NCC’s on-site personnel assist with communications outreach and provide any and all necessary customer assistance, among other tasks associated with the electronic grants management process.
By providing thorough management and support of the SBIR/STTR program, NCC has helped DOE achieve several institutional goals, which include 1) funding high quality projects with relevance to DOE mission needs; 2) increasing private sector commercialization of technology developed through DOE SBIR-support research and development; 3) stimulating technological innovation in the private sector; and 4) improving the return on investment from federally-funded research for national economic and social benefits. We are proud to be associated with this important and unique program, and look forward to continued vibrancy and growth in our relationship with DOE.