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Our Services

The DOE SBIR/STTR Phase 0 Assistance program provides a variety of services – free of charge – to eligible small businesses. These services become available once an SBIR/STTR Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is released from the DOE. These services will be available on a first-come, first-served basis to eligible applicants during the highlighted periods. 

Eligible applicants may require one or more services. During the application process we will assess which service(s) are most appropriate. We will provide services to approximately 100 participants.

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The objective of this interaction with a Phase 0 business coach is to provide an assortment of services depending on the status of the firm. If the company is newly formed, the focus of the discussion could be upon the structure of the firm, its mission and how to transition from one role to another. If the company is already established, the focus could be on business models and business strategies, as well as visions for the future.

To affirm that a business need exists, develop your technical work plan, or scope metrics for success, it may be beneficial to receive feedback from an expert. Up to three hours of a technical consultant’s time may be arranged for this purpose.

In developing a Phase I proposal some attention must be given to intellectual property. This service provides you access to a US Patent and Trademark Office-registered intellectual property practitioner to address general issues of concern.

How does one calculate that mysterious concept called an “indirect rate?” In order to prepare a budget for your proposal, you must meet this challenge head-on. The objective for this service is to help applicants understand indirect rates and develop an appropriate rate structure for the DOE proposed Phase I project. The consultant will help you develop the proper basis of estimate for completing the budget section of the Phase I proposal. Please note that each Phase 0 participant is responsible for developing and preparing the actual Phase I budget.

Through this service, the small business will be reimbursed for pre-approved, relevant travel expenses subject to federal travel guidelines. The travel must be germane to securing a Phase I SBIR/STTR award prior to application submission and will not be reimbursed for more than two days and one traveler.

Core Services


For questions about the DOE Phase 0 Program, contact Lyn Barnett

Lyn Barnett (Project Director)