ARPA-e Grants to VC Backed Firms via SBIRs

ARPA-e logoThe Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-e) will issue Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grants to small businesses that are majority-owned by venture capital companies, hedge funds or private equity firms.  The SBIR is a competitive program that uses awards to enable highly-qualified companies to explore their technological potential in the nation’s R&D arena and provides incentives for those companies to move to commercialization.

SBIR grants play an important role in helping ARPA-E achieve its goals, which include:

  1. reducing the United States’ dependence on energy imports;
  2. reducing emissions from U.S. energy sources;
  3. improving energy efficiency; and
  4. ensuring that the U.S. “maintains a technological lead in developing and deploying advanced energy technologies.”

See:  DOE ARPA-E Will Exercise Its Authority to Issue SBIR Grants To Venture Capital Majority-Owned Small Businesses from mondaq article by Mintz Levin Attorney Thomas Burton III.

To help university researchers, small technology businesses, Phase I and Phase II Awardees and entrepreneurs  PortTech Los Angeles conducts a series of workshops for developing proposals for submitting to the 11 government agencies participating in the SBIR/STTR program.  The next workshop will be held in San Pedro at the PortTech Training Center on September 20th.   The Phase II workshop, presented by Tibbetts Award Advocate Dr. Marie Talnack, provides attendees with the tools, techniques, plans and deliverables to meet the proposal requirements and the best practices to maximize your chance of winning an award. The Phase II workshop emphasizes developing the commercialization plan and access to resources to implement the plan.

The workshop includes a live presentation and Q&A with Rob Vinson, Assistant Program Manager, NIH SBIR/STTR Program Office.

Phase II workshops are limited to a small group with incentives for teams to attend.  Registration is now open.  Single seats are available at $225; teams of 4 pay $162.50/seat.  Discounts are also available for 2 or 3 member teams.   Each attendee receives sample workplans, resumes, proposals and endorsements.  Lunch is included.