DOE Online Learning Guidance for the Week of August 19th

Dear DOE Phase 0 Online Tutorials user,

With the Department of Energy’s FY21 Phase I Release 1 Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) coming up quickly, and the DOE Phase 0 program underway we’ve selected the following tutorials that will be helpful this week.

Tutorial 7: How are Phase I proposals evaluated?
One way to stay on-track with your SBIR proposal is by keeping the evaluation criteria in mind throughout the process. The Department of Energy (DOE) evaluates Phase I SBIR/STTR proposals using a three step process: (1) initial screening, (2) merit review, and (3) final selection of awards. This tutorial reviews these steps and provides some ideas regarding how you can improve your chances of success at each step in the process.

Tutorial 8: What does a winning Phase I proposal look like?
When you respond to a DOE Phase I SBIR/STTR Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) you will be submitting a proposal package through It is important that you think about your proposal as a package, rather than as one document because there are various parts to your submission. This tutorial provides helpful guidance on topics such as section length, the use of figures, and more.

Tutorial 15: Principal Investigator (PI) and Applicant Requirements & Tutorial 16: How do I put my team in place?
When preparing your SBIR Proposal it is important to carefully consider the role of Principal Investigator or PI in this process and setting-up the team. These tutorials walk you through each aspect of the DOE guidance on PI’s, how the PI may impact your proposal, and four ways to add new members to an SBIR/STTR team.

As always, if you need assistance, you may contact the DOE SBIR/STTR Help Desk at or call (301) 903-5707 between the hours of 8:30 am and 5pm Eastern, Monday – Friday.

 Please look for more assistance in the coming weeks!

DOE’s Phase 0 Assistance Provider