There are a number of relatively new funding initiatives that have been created to help support efforts of researchers to go beyond basic research and actually assist with proof of concept, prototype development, translational research and other more applied research to better enable researchers to move their new discoveries out of the laboratory and into the marketplace. Several of these new funding opportunities are outlined below.

DOE Funding for Small Businesses Commercializing Clean Energy Technologies

DOE announced on July 14 that $30 million in funding will be made available to qualified small businesses to support the commercialization of promising new clean energy technologies. This initiative builds on efforts by DOE’s existing Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Program to develop near-term clean energy technologies and to support American small businesses. Small companies previously awarded Phase II grants through SBIR or STTR are eligible for funding. This is the first time DOE has offered Phase III awards under these small business programs. The money will come from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and FY2010 budget appropriations. Visit