MITEC Virginia Bootcamp

October 24, 2016

 

 

Tapping into the Power of the U.S. Department of Energy to Grow Virginia Businesses

 

 

 

 

On Thursday, October 6th, advanced energy advocates and manufacturing leaders from around the Commonwealth gathered at James Madison University for the Manufacturing Impacts Through Energy and Commerce (MITEC) ‘Bootcamp’. Stemming from a partnership between the U.S. Departments of Energy and Commerce, and facilitated by the American Jobs Project, MITEC promotes and streamlines access to resources for small and mid-sized manufacturers in the advanced energy industry.

 

The bootcamp targeted small and medium sized Virginia businesses, providing resources for two competitive U.S. Department Of Energy (DOE) pilot programs – Small Business Voucher (SBV) and Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR).

 

Representatives from two U.S. DOE national laboratories, Oak Ridge National Lab (ORNL) and the National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL), encouraged Virginia’s small and mid-sized businesses to take advantage of the partnership opportunities with various U.S. DOE national laboratories offered through the SBV and SBIR programs (as outlined below). More complete submission requirements and deadlines can be found on the program’s respective websites.

 

 

Small Business Voucher (SBV)

 

Overview:

  • Eligible small businesses can tap into national lab intellectual and technical assets to overcome critical technology and commercialization challenges such as prototyping, materials characterization, and validation of technology performance.

 

Amount:

  • $50,000 - $300,000

Timing:

  • Call for submissions opened in early October 2016

Eligibility:

  • Organized for-profit company

  • Less than 500 employees

  • Majority US-owned or registered in US

  • 20% cost share

  • Required IP agreement

  • Request assistance that is not reasonably available in the private sector

  • Involvement in one of nine advanced energy sectors: Bioenergy, Building technologies, Fuel cells, Geothermal power, Solar power, Water power, Wind power, Vehicles, Advanced manufacturing, Next generation materials

Contact:

  • David Kristin, (505)-205-3598 info@sbv.org

 

For more information of the SBV program and application process, the U.S. DOE will host a free webinar on October 25th 2016.

 

 

Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR)

 

Overview:  

  • SBIR enables small businesses to explore their technological potential and provides the incentive to profit from its commercialization. Eleven federal agencies participate in the SBIR program.

Amount:

  • $150,000 - $1,000,000

Timing:

  • SOE EERE Call for Submissions Monday October 31, 2016

Eligibility:

  • Organized for-profit

  • Less than 500 employees

  • Majority US-owned or registered in US, Required IP agreement

  • Request assistance that is not reasonably available in the private sector

  • Not required to partner with a research institution

  • If working with a research partner, must perform at least 60% of the work

  • Type of company eligible varies according to federal agency involved.

Contact:

  • (301)-903-5707 sbir-sttr@science.doe.gov

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