The Department of Energy (DOE) is dedicated to the successful commercialization of SBIR/STTR funded technologies and provides comprehensive commercialization services to its awardees. The DOE is able to fund discretionary commercialization assistance to all DOE SBIR and STTR Phase I awardees. Award recipients have two options for receiving commercialization assistance: (1) utilize services provided by a DOE vendor or (2) identify their own commercialization assistance provider.
If you wish to receive commercialization assistance from the DOE vendor (Dawnbreaker, Inc.), you do not need to include this in your budget. If you are awarded a Phase I grant, you will receive notification from DOE and follow-up contact from Dawnbreaker, the DOE commercialization vendor, on what services are available to you and how to obtain these services at no cost to your small business.
If you wish to utilize your own commercialization assistance provider, you are required to include this as a subcontract or consultant in your budget and to provide a detailed budget justification. You may include up to $5,000 for assistance in Phase I and up to $5,000 per year in Phase II. Please note that this commercialization assistance does not count toward the maximum award size in either Phase I or Phase II. For example, a Phase I applicant seeking commercialization assistance from an external provider could result in an increase of $5,000 over the maximum award limit. That is, for a topic with a maximum award limit of $150,000, the actual award may increase to $155,000. Reimbursement is limited to services received that comply with 15 U.S.C. § 638(q).
To learn more about the commercialization services available to you via Dawnbreaker, please preview the following presentation (1.7MB).
Please note that all DOE SBIR/STTR awardees that choose to work with Dawnbreaker are required to sign a Non Disclosure Agreement (NDA) with Dawnbreaker. Please click here (15KB) to see a copy of the NDA. The DOE General Counsel has reviewed this agreement; but ultimately, it is up to the DOE awardee to determine if this NDA is acceptable. Please keep in mind; it is a requirement that each grantee sign this agreement to be eligible for DOE commercialization assistance as provided by Dawnbreaker.