Funding Opportunity for Small Businesses; Check out SETO’s Newest Tech to Market Projects

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Top News: Mark your Calendars for Application Deadlines, Learn about Latest Projects

As the application period for one funding opportunity comes to a close, another opens. Get a head start on letters of intent for small solar business research funding that aren’t due for another month. If you're a previous EERE awardee, you may be eligible for some follow-on funding. Be sure to check out the work underway in our newest Technology to Market projects. Want to be a part of the Solar Energy Technologies Office? Apply for the Science and Technology Policy Opportunity within our office. It could be the stepping stone you need to end up as a world-renowned solar researcher!

These stories and more in this edition of the SETO* newsletter.

*“What’s SETO?” you may ask. 

The Solar Energy Technologies Office is the office within the Energy Department that manages solar research and development. We are the same office that launched the SunShot Initiative, but our name now reflects our broader focus. Your biweekly newsletter may look a little different but it has the same goal: to give you a quick rundown of everything you need to know about our funding and advanced solar research. Same office, same people, same passion for solar. Now, back to our regularly scheduled programming.

Small Solar Businesses Eligible for Funding

DOE’s Office of Science recently released the latest round of funding in its Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) program. This release includes four solar energy topics spanning cybersecurity to innovative financing mechanisms. Applicants are required to submit a mandatory letter of intent by January 8. Learn more about the solar topics

Blog Post: Ask a Scientist

As part of a new blog series that asks Energy Department researchers about their lives as scientists working with energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies, this post highlights Dr. Sarah Kurtz of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). Sarah joined NREL in 1985 and is best known for her work in III-V multi-junction cells and for her efforts to improve the reliability and quality of solar energy systems. Read the blog post to learn how she decided on a career in solar energy and the biggest challenges she’s faced.

Follow-on Funding Opportunity for Previous Awardees

The California Energy Commission recently released a new funding opportunity to help commercialize energy efficiency technology. The funding is available to companies and organizations who have previously received funding from a program office within the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, but have not yet been able to commercialize their products. All SETO awardees who successfully concluded their awards with the federal government in the last 12 months are eligible to apply. Learn more about eligibility requirements and deadlines. DOE does not endorse, manage, or provide technical/financial assistance for this funding opportunity.

Technology to Market 3 Projects Launch

Projects in the Technology to Market 3 funding program are now officially underway. These projects are developing products to leverage new and emerging technologies, increase system values while reducing hardware costs, improve business operational efficiency, expand the investor pool for project development, and increase consumer access to solar. Detailed descriptions of all 18 projects are now available. Learn more.

Apply for Science and Technology Policy Opportunity with DOE's Solar Office

Are you part of the next generation of scientific leaders in solar energy? If so, apply today for the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education Science and Technology Policy Opportunity. The opportunity enables talented scientists and engineers to participate in projects integral to the mission of the Solar Energy Technologies Office to make solar energy more affordable and reliable. This includes contributing to the design of national research and development strategies for advancing photovoltaic and concentrated solar power technology and other technologies that enable better solar integration with the grid. Participants are expected to apply the expertise gained from their scientific education and research experiences to assist in developing and managing new and ongoing projects. The opportunity is available to applicants holding bachelor’s, master’s, or Ph.D. degrees of all quantitative backgrounds as well as applicants with relevant post-degree experience. Learn more and apply by January 15.

Featured Resource

Quarterly Solar Industry Update

NREL released its Q2/Q3 2017 presentation that focuses on global and U.S. solar supply and demand, module and system price, investment trends and business models, and updates on U.S. government programs supporting the solar industry. Learn more.




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