|Segmented Rectifying and Blocking Contacts on large diameter Germanium Planar Detectors developed by PhD Co. (Phase II SBIR awards) and evaluated at UMass Lowell. This Contact fabrication technology transitioned into commercial detector fabrications and used in commercial gamma ray detectors such as Germanium Gamma Ray Imager (GeGI shown above) and Germinium Gamma Camera (GGC) (see PhD Co. presentation at 2013 Exchange Meeting)
NP SBIR/STTR Exchange Meeting
In August 2014, the Office of Nuclear Physics (NP) organized a two day information exchange meeting between the representatives of SBIR/STTR companies with active Phase II grants supported by NP, scientists and engineers from the NP community, and NP Federal Program Managers. The meeting included presentations from the SBIR/STTR companies on their research and presentations on the relevant technical needs of the NP community. Information on past meetings are available at the following links:
What are SBIR and STTR?
Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) are U.S. Government programs in which federal agencies with large research and development budgets set aside a fraction of their funding for competitions among small businesses only. Small businesses that win awards in these programs keep the rights to any technology developed and are encouraged to commercialize the technology.
How much money is set aside?
Each year, the federal agencies that participate in SBIR and STTR, including DOE, set aside a fraction of their extramural R&D budgets. In FY 2014 these fractions are 2.8% and 0.4%, for SBIR and STTR respectively. Based on the SBIR/STTR Reauthorization Act of 2011, the combined fractional set aside for FY 2015 is 3.3% reaching to 3.65 in FY 2017.
What phases are there and how do they work at DOE?
Grant applications submitted by small businesses must be responsive to a specific Topic and Subtopic as included in the open funding opportunity announcement (FOA) found under the SBIR/STTR web page "Funding Opportunities." SBIR and STTR have three distinct phases.
- Phase I explores the feasibility of innovative concepts with awards up to $225,000 over 9 months.
- Only DOE Phase I awardees may compete for DOE Phase II funding.
- Phase II is the principal R&D effort, with awards up to $1,500,000 over 2-years.
- Phase III offers opportunities to small businesses to continue their Phase I and II R&D work to pursue commercial applications of their R&D with non-SBIR/STTR funding.
- Under Phase III, Federal agencies may award non-competitive, follow-on grants or contracts for products or processes that meet the mission needs of those agencies, or for further R&D.
Each year, the Phase I application process starts with submission of letter of Intent (LOI) due early September followed by submission of proposals due in mid-October. In recent years, DOE Office of Nuclear Physics Phase received about 140-150 LOI and 90-100 proposals each year.
For more general information on DOE SBIR/STTR visit the Office of Science SBIR/STTR web site at /sbir/about. For a definition of 'small business', visit http://science.energy.gov/sbir/about/faqs/#who.
Nuclear Physics SBIR/STTR Topics
The DOE Office of Nuclear Physics (NP) participates in the SBIR/STTR program through the annual SBIR/STTR FOA. Small businesses are encouraged to contact and to collaborate with NP-funded national user facilities, laboratories and universities to better understand the needs and the mission of the NP program and its community, and to best optimize resources aimed at current high priority technical challenges. These needs and challenges are reflected in the NP topics and subtopics published in the annual DOE SBIR/STTR Funding Opportunity Announcement around the third week of September.
Each summer, NP seeks and receives input for each SBIR/STTR topic and subtopic from the community reflecting the latest technical needs of the community requiring research, development and innovation. This input includes revisions of existing items, addition of new items, and deletion of items no longer needed. The community is encouraged to suggest specific new technical challenges related to their future experiments or facilities that are consistent with the SBIR/STTR R&D spirit and its grant regulations. The 2015 SBIR/STTR Funding Opportunity Announcement for NP has 5 topics, including Isotope Science and Technology. The FY 2014 NP topics and subtopics are listed below;
Nuclear Physics Software and Data Management
- Large Scale Data Storage
- Large Scale Data Processing and Distribution
- Grid and Cloud Computing
- Software-driven Architecture for Data Acquision
- Heterogeneous Computing
Nuclear Physics Electronics Design and Fabrication
- Advances in Digital Electronics
- Advanced Devices and Systems
- Active Pixel Sensors
- Manufacturing and Advanced Interconnection Techniques
Nuclear Physics Accelerator Technology
- Materials and Components for Radio Frequency Devices
- Radio Frequency Power Sources
- Design and Operation of Radio Frequency Beam Acceleration Systems
- Particle Beam Sources and Techniques
- Polarized Beam Sources and Polarimeters
- Charge Strippers for Heavy Ion Accelerators
- Rare Isotope Beam Production Technology
- Accelerator Control and Diagonostics
Nuclear Physics Instrumentation, Detection Systems and Techniques
- Advances in Detector and Spectrometer Technology
- Position Sensitive Charge Particle and Gamma Ray Tracking Devices
- Technology for Rare Particle Detection
- Large Band Gap Semiconductors, New Bright Scintillators, Calorimeters, and Optical Elements
- Specialized Targets for Nuclear Physics Research
- Technology for High Radiation Environment for Rare Isotope Beam Facility
- Technology Transfer Oportunities (TTO) subtopic(s)
Nuclear Physics Isotope Science and Technology
- Novel or improved production techniques for radioisotopes or stable isotopes
- Improved radiochemical separation methods for preparing high-purity radioisotopes
For further questions on the NP SBIR/STTR program please contact Manouchehr Farkhondeh, or click here for more contact information.