Small Businesses Find Helping Hand with New Technology Assistance Program
DOE utilizes its national laboratories to provide research and development assistance to small businesses
Small businesses working to develop clean technologies could potentially access the Bioproducts, Sciences, and Engineering Laboratory or other PNNL facilities as part of the Small Business Vouchers Pilot for technology assistance from DOE national laboratories.
Starting this fall, PNNL will participate in a new pilot program established by DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) that will help small clean energy businesses move their innovative ideas to the marketplace.
The Small Business Voucher Pilot, part of EERE's National Laboratory Impact Initiative, will assist clean energy innovators while also increasing the impact of DOE national laboratories. The program seeks to pair more than 100 small businesses with DOE scientists and engineers in the energy sector who can help test, validate, and introduce new products.
PNNL was tapped as a lead laboratory in three technology sectors: bioenergy, water power, and buildings. With more than 200 researchers specializing in bioenergy systems, sustainable water systems, and energy efficient building technologies, plus decades of experience in bringing new discoveries to market, PNNL offers small clean-energy technology firms a wealth of expertise.
Companies with fewer than 500 employees will be able to apply for $50,000 to $300,000 in vouchers that can be used for a variety of technological assistance from PNNL and other participating laboratories. Businesses interested in tapping into this award-winning expertise can sign up to get more information once it becomes available.
To maximize outreach of the pilot and provide additional industry connections, PNNL is teaming up with a network of six partner organizations:
- Clean Energy Trust
- New England Clean Energy Council
- CleanTech Alliance Washington
- Cleantech San Diego
- State Science & Technology Institute
- CleanTech Open