Phase I Release 1 Funding Opportunity | The Department of Energy (DOE)

Dear Interested SBIR/STTR Applicant:

The Department of Energy (DOE) has issued its FY 2023 Phase I Release 1 Funding Opportunity Announcement (DE-FOA-0002783) for the SBIR and STTR Programs.  Qualified small businesses with strong research capabilities in science or engineering in any of the research areas sought in the announcement are encouraged to apply.

The following DOE program offices are participating in this Funding Opportunity Announcement:

  • Advanced Scientific Computing Research
  • Basic Energy Sciences
  • Biological and Environmental Research
  • Nuclear Physics

 Downloading the Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) and Topics

  • The FOA (DE-FOA-0002783) is now available at Download the FOA Instructions and the Application Package by keying in DE-FOA-0002783 under FUNDING OPPORTUNITY NUMBER.

The Topics for Release 1 are available here.

Important Dates

  • Letter of Intent:  To be eligible to submit a Phase I application, you must first submit a Letter of Intent to the DOE Portfolio Analysis and Management System (PAMS).  Letters of Intent must be submitted by August 29, 2022 5:00 pm EDT.  View our online tutorial and instructions for assistance in preparing your letter of intent.
  • Grant Applications:  All Phase I applications must be submitted through the web portal to be considered for award.  Grant applications to both SBIR and STTR programs must be successfully submitted by October 11, 2022 11:59 pm EDT.  Please visit our applicant resource page and our SBIR Application Preparation Tutorials for assistance in preparing your application. 

Important Reminders

  • First-time applicants to DOE SBIR/STTR: DOE offers a free Phase 0 application assistance program to a limited number of first-time DOE SBIR/STTR Phase I applicants. Review your eligibility and apply here.
  • First-time applicants to  There are a number of registrations you must complete prior to submitting your application. It is recommended that you start this process at least 6 weeks in advance of submitting your application.  Instructions to complete these registrations are in our application guide and online tutorials 12 & 13.  
  • Previously registered applicants with  Please note, on April 4, 2022, the federal government changed entity validation service providers at the same time it stopped using the DUNS Number and began using the Unique Entity ID in to uniquely identify entities. All entities, even those already registered in, must validate their entity information through the new service provider. Data rights limitations require to collect the data from the user directly, not use previously validated data. This means entities may have to provide supporting documentation to update the new service provider’s data. This is an expected part of a complex data transition. SAM is working on tickets in the order received. You can find resources related to this process here. Please do not create multiple incidents for the same request. If you have any questions about the SAM process, please contact the Helpdesk at 1-800-518-4726.  Please update your SAM registration TODAY! 

Important Upcoming FOA Webinar!

Register here to join the DOE SBIR/STTR Programs Office on Friday, August 12th at 2 PM EDT as we provide a 45 minute overview of the DOE SBIR/STTR technology areas noted above and the application and award process as it relates to the FY23 Phase I Release 1 FOA.  There will be time for Q&A, so don’t forget to submit your questions at the time of registration.