DOE Announces $17M in R&D Grants for Small Businesses – High-Performance Computing News Analysis

January 10, 2023 – The US Department of Energy (DOE) today announced awards totaling $17 million to small businesses in 25 states. The 77 projects are in the areas of advanced scientific computing and scientific instrumentation that support the DOE’s clean energy mission.

Projects selected for the award include:

Advanced Ceramics Manufacturing LLC, Tucson, AZ. Structural components with corrosion-resistant surface layers for advanced nuclear reactor systems.

CapeSym, Inc., Natick, MA. High resolution detectors for nuclear physics applications.

Carbon Solutions LLC, Bloomington, IN. Local atlas for tracking air emissions.

HighRI Optics, Oakland, CA. Highly efficient low-loss fiber-to-chip light coupling for quantum networks.

Om Bharti LLC, Wilmington, NC. Computational modeling and analysis tools for bioprocess industrialization.

Osazda Energy, Albuquerque, NM. An optimization-based design ecosystem targeting performance, reliability and stability of photovoltaic modules in solar energy.

Renascent Energy Management LLC, Houston, TX. Dormant-well geothermal power generation in high-temperature shale-sedimentary areas.

For more information on DOE’s SBIR and STTR programs, visit the program office’s website. For more information on the projects announced today, please visit the following link:

“Small companies play an important role in advancing science. They help bring innovation out of the lab and into applications that serve the American public,” said Asmeret Asefaw Berhe, director of the DOE Office of Science. “The SBIR program also plays an important role in research by helping science adopt and implement new techniques and tools.”

American small businesses play a critical role in facilitating the transition from discovery to innovation, helping to bridge the gap between the scientific laboratory and the commercial marketplace. DOE Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Awards aim to convert DOE-supported science and technology breakthroughs into commercial products and services. The awards also support the development of specialized technologies and instruments that aid in scientific discovery.

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The federal government’s SBIR and STTR programs create thousands of jobs directly in US small businesses and indirectly in the local communities where they are based.

Funded by the DOE’s SBIR and STTR programs, today’s selections are for Phase I research and development the development of prototypes or processes. The mid-point Phase I price is $200,000 for a period of six to 12 months. The selected projects are funded by the DOE Office of Science.