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What is the Small Business Vouchers Pilot program? 

The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) is putting the world-class resources of the national labs at your fingertips, with the Small Business Vouchers Pilot (SBV). Through 2016, EERE is providing up to $20 million in vouchers so that small businesses can request technical assistance from national labs to help bring the next generation of clean technologies to market.

What's new?

The program is now accepting applications for Round 3. The deadline to submit an application for Round 3 is Nov. 10, 2016 (11:59 p.m. Eastern Time). In Round 3, DOE and Argonne strongly welcome the opportunity to collaborate with small businesses that have little to no experience working with a DOE national laboratory.

How does the program work?

Selected small businesses are matched with hand-picked experts at the national labs, who use this funding to help businesses create and commercialize new and improved products and processes.

The voucher is like a coupon that can be redeemed for work at a specific national laboratory. The funding represented by the voucher will not be provided to the applicant. Each voucher will be worth between $50,000 and up to $300,000. Each small business that is selected will be required to provide 20 percent cost share and sign either the SBV Technology Assistance Pilot Agreement (TAPA) or the Short Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (Short CRADA). The negotiated scope of work will have a planned performance period of no more than 12 months. It is not taxable income for your small business.

Examples of assistance SBV can provide small businesses include:

  • Addressing technical problems
  • Testing and validating technologies
  • Developing and testing unique materials
  • Conducting modeling and analyses
  • Providing advanced technology for hardware and software applications
  • Prototyping
  • Improving production and manufacturing processes
  • Scaling up technologies and processes
  • Developing engineering designs
  • Field-testing
  • Conducting technoeconomic analyses to understand market value

What clean technology fields are eligible?

  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Bioenergy
  • Building Technology
  • Fuel Cells
  • Geothermal
  • Solar
  • Vehicles Technology
  • Water Power
  • Wind

In what areas is Argonne National Laboratory participating?

What types of businesses are eligible?

Small businesses with fewer than 500 fulltime equivalent employees that are incorporated as for-profits and based in the U.S. Visit the Eligibility page on the SBV website for full details.

What are the steps needed to gain funds through the program?

Visit the Process page on SBV website for details.

What are the key dates?

Nov. 10, 2016 (11:59 p.m. Eastern Time): Deadline for businesses to submit applications for Round 3

How do I submit a voucher request for my small business?

Visit the SBV website for step-by-step instructions. Please note: If Argonne is your preferred partner in this program, designate that in your application and explain why.

What if I have other questions?

Visit the FAQs page on the SBV website, or contact David McCallum, SBV program manager for Argonne, at 630-252-4338 or


  • The deadline for applications is Nov. 13, 2016 (11:59 p.m. Eastern Time).
  • If Argonne is your preferred partner in this program, please designate that in your application and explain why.


David McCallum, SBV program manager for Argonne (630-252-4338;