DOE providing $37 million for clean energy research and development

The U.S. Department of Energy is offering $37 million in economic stimulus funds for clean-energy research and development projects in the United States.

Companies with less than 500 employees are eligible for the grants, which will be administered by the DOE’s Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer programs.

The grants will be awarded in two phases, the DOE said. About $8.5 million will be available for new projects during Phase I. The agency said applicants, who have six months to demonstrate their ideas, could receive up to $150,000 in Phase I. In Phase II, applicants could receive up to $1 million to support research and development.

The DOE is now accepting applications for Phase I grants to support projects in a variety of areas, including water power technologies; solar technologies; smart controllers for a smart grid; and wireless networks. Small businesses have until Sept. 4 to apply for a Phase I grant. For more information about how to apply, go to:http://www.science.doe.gov/sbir/solicitations/FY%202009/FOA_Notice_ARRA.pdf

The DOE recently announced plans to provide up to $30 billion in loan guarantees to companies investing in new renewable energy projects, including hydropower. (HydroWorld 8/4/09)

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