The Energy Department's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy announced new topics under its Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Technology Transfer (STTR) program that will help small businesses develop innovative ideas and deliver market-driven solutions. The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy's areas of interest range from energy-saving buildings and manufacturing to sustainable transportation and renewable electricity generation. Small businesses that win awards in these programs keep the rights to any technologies they develop and are encouraged to commercialize them.
New to this year's program, the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy SBIR team is providing additional resources and support to potential SBIR/STTR applicants, with a focus on underserved populations- a major objective of the SBIR program since its inception. Minority and woman-owned small businesses that seek to move their cutting-edge technologies to market are strongly encouraged to apply to the program.
Grant applications submitted by small businesses must respond to a specific topic and subtopic. Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy topics for this release include:
Integrating Energy Efficient Solid-State Lighting with Advanced Sensors and ControlsPrototype Fuel Cell-Battery Electric Hybrid Truck for Waste TransportationSoftware Tools for Photovoltaic Soft Cost Reductions and Grid IntegrationU.S. Offshore Wind Personnel and Equipment Transfer SystemsNovel Membranes and Non-Platinum Group Metal Catalysts for Direct Methanol Fuel CellsThe SBIR/STTR application process starts with a Letter of Intent, which eligible businesses must file by December 16, 2013. Key dates for potential applicants:Funding Opportunity Announcement released and application period begins: November 25, 2013Letters of Intent deadline: December 16, 2013Applications deadline: February 04, 2014Find out more information on the topics and the EERE SBIR program at http://www1.eere.energy.gov/office_eere/oe_sbir.html.
LegalZoom is launching a program to support entrepreneurial firms in partnership with the National Business Incubation Association (NBIA)
Business incubation programs facilitate the process of starting and growing companies by providing entrepreneurs with the expertise, networks and tools they need to make their ventures successful. NBIA estimates that in 2011 alone, North American incubators assisted more than 49,000 start-up companies that provided full-time employment for more than 200,000 workers and generated annual revenue of more than $15 billion. Approximately 7,000 business incubators operate worldwide.
Through the Partner Program, companies and organizations develop an alliance with NBIA to provide products and services that are beneficial to NBIAs members (and, if applicable, their client and graduate companies).
Through this partnership, NBIA members and their client companies can receive a 20 percent discount on the LegalZoom Business Legal Plan and a 10 percent discount on business and personal legal documents.
LegalZoom is a provider of personalized, affordable online legal solutions for small businesses. Founded more than 12 years ago by attorneys from some of the top law firms in the U.S., LegalZoom has helped more than two million Americans create their own legal documents online.
The National Business Incubation Association is the worlds leading organization advancing business incubation and entrepreneurship. Since 1985, NBIA has provided industry professionals with the information, education, advocacy and networking resources they need to bring excellence to the process of assisting early-stage companies.
More information can be found at http://www.nbia.org/.
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