Funding agency: 
Department of Energy

Please review the highlights of the schedules below for our FY 2023 funding opportunities. Remember to review the topics documents as soon as possible after the release date and see if there is a topic/subtopic pair where your research area allows you to be responsive. Visit our funding opportunity page for the full schedule!

Note that the topic webinars allow you to ask the topic managers clarification questions on the solutions they are seeking. We also hold a funding opportunities announcement (FOA) webinar, which describes the DOE SBIR/STTR Programs and how to apply.  Finally, we host a popular “Ask us” weekly webinar series to answer your application questions.

Phase I 

Release 1

Release 2

Topics Issued

Monday, July 11, 2022

Monday, November 7, 2022

Phase 0 Application Assistance begins  (free for first time applicants)

Monday, July 11, 2022

Monday, November 7, 2022

Topic Webinar, week of

Monday, July 18, 2022*

Monday, November 14, 2022 

FOA Issued

Monday, August 8, 2022

Monday, December 12, 2022

FOA Webinar

Friday, August 12, 2022*

Friday, December 16, 2022*

Letters of Intent (LOI) Due

Monday, August 29, 2022

5:00pm ET

Tuesday, January 3, 2023

5:00pm ET

Full Applications Due

Tuesday, October 11, 2022

 11:59pm ET

Tuesday, February 21, 2023

 11:59pm ET

*dates are subject to change

Partnering Support

Partners play a critical role in transitioning technologies from SBIR/STTR funded programs to the commercial market.  Throughout technology development and productization you will engage with a myriad of partners filling many different roles and providing many different capabilities.  Check out our new partnering resource page.

The release of our DOE SBIR Partnering website has been pushed back until next year.  In the interim, Tech to Market advisor, Carol Rabke, is working on organizing technology-based networking sessions with partners from the investment community and industry.  Look for details on how to participate to be announced soon! If you have immediate partnering needs, please reach out directly to Carol.

Revamped Phase 0 Tutorials

Our Phase 0 contractor, Dawnbreaker, has revamped our application tutorials, which break down our application process, and common questions and concerns into 36 short snippets. The updated tutorials are available either in podcast or PowerPoint slide format, depending on your preferred learning style.


The Office of DOE SBIR/STTR Programs seeks to foster increased diversity in its applicant and awardee pools. We are always interested in opportunities to heighten awareness of the DOE SBIR/STTR program nationwide via outreach events, and welcome applications from under-represented groups.

Visit our web page for more information on our diversity initiatives.



We frequently participate in events that provide opportunities to meet with small businesses and entrepreneurs who may be a good fit with our DOE mission-focused SBIR/STTR topics.  Make sure you check our calendar often as we are always adding new outreach events!  Our publicly available external events over the next few months are shown.

Date Sponsor/Event
July 18-22

SBA America's Seed Fund Week

July 28

BBCEtc From the Sources’ Mouth Series: DOE SBIR/STTR

August 10-15

National Society of Black Engineers Professional Development Conference Workshop on SBIR/STTR funding with DOE, NASA, NSF and Florida Support Organizations

September 13

Innovation Depot Non-Dilutive Funding - DOE SBIR/ STTR Program Overview and Q&A

September 14

Tennessee PTAC SBIR/STTR for rural and agricultural entrepreneurs

October 14 Long Beach Accelerator Leaders' Speaker Series

Phase 0 Application Assistance for First-time Applicants

Do you need help preparing your first DOE Phase I application? The DOE offers a free Phase 0 application assistance program to a limited number of first-time DOE SBIR/STTR Phase I applicants. Admittance is first-come, first-served for qualified applicants. The program opens on the day the topics are released. In FY 2022, this popular program was expanded to accommodate more Phase 0 participants.

Monday, November 7, 2022
Funding type: 
Industry and Innovation