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Low Carbon Technologies in Focus

Climate change demands action. Consumers, investors, corporates, and governments are heeding the call, driving investments and eco-conscious behaviors. In the US, $2T in federal funds until 2030 emerges from key acts, like the Inflation Reduction Act, Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, and CHIPS and Science Act. But, these funds target specific technologies - check if your technology is one of them!

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Finding SBIR/STTR Grants

SBIR and STTR programs foster innovation in small businesses. They fuel Federal R&D engagement, with an eye on commercialization. These competitive programs empower small enterprises to unlock their tech potential and reap rewards through commercial success.

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You can apply for SBIR/STTR if you are:

Difference between SBIR and STTR:





Permits partnerships

Non-profit research institute partner is needed

Principal investigator

>50% employment with small business

May be employed by the small business or by the research insititute

VC ownership (majority)

Permitted by some awarding agencies

Not permitted

Participating agencies

  • Department of Agriculture (USDA)

  • Department of Commerce (DOC)

  • Department of Defense (DOD)

  • Department of Education (ED)

  • Department of Energy (DOE)

  • Department of Health & Human Services (HHS)

  • Department of Homeland Security (DHS)

  • Department of Transportation (DOT)

  • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

  • National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA)

  • National Science Foundation (NSF)

  • Department of Defense (DOD)

  • Department of Energy (DOE)

  • Department of Health & Human Services (HHS)

  • National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA)

  • National Science Foundation (NSF)

Finding the right SBIR/STTR opportunities:

With 5,000+ grant awards every year, we highly recommend looking for SBIR/STTR opportunities on the official website.

We simplify your quest on the official site - our curated list of solicitation topics relevant for energy entrepreneurs, which can be used (copy-pasted!) as search keywords, ensures you find the ideal SBIR/STTR grants for your startup with ease.

Advanced Manufacturing

  • M1. Building and Infrastructure

  • M2. Carbon sequestration

  • M7. Natural Resources and Critical Minerals

  • M9. Sustainable Chemical Manufacturing

Advanced Materials

  • AM1. Advanced Engineering Materials

  • AM2. Coatings and Surface Modifications

  • AM3. Metals and Ceramics

  • AM4: Novel Advanced Materials Based Sensors

Agricultural Technologies

  • AG1. Carbon Neutrality

  • AG2. Climate Resilience

  • AG4. Food Waste Mitigation

Artificial Intelligence

  • AI2. Computer Vision Based AI Technologies

  • AI6. Sustainable AI Technologies for Low Resource Environments

Biological Technologies

  • BT4. Bioinstruments and Biosensors

Chemical Technologies

  • CT2. Catalysts, Advanced Chemicals and Materials

  • CT3. Chemical and Environmental Sensing and Data

  • CT5. Green Chemicals and Chemical Alternatives

  • CT6. Separations and Water Treatment

Distributed Ledger (DL)

  • DL1. Autonomous Systems and Economies, and Smart Contracts

  • DL4. Convergence with Internet of Things, Crowdsourcing and Crowdsensing

Energy Technologies

  • EN1. Advanced Nuclear Energy Tech

  • EN2. CO2 and Methane Conversion, Petrochemicals, Oil and Gas

  • EN3. Directed Energy

  • EN4. Electromagnetics

  • EN5. Energy Efficiencies and Data Technologies

  • EN6. Energy Production and Power Generation

  • EN7. Energy Storage

  • EN8. Fusion

  • EN9. Hydrogen Technologies

  • EN10. Renewable Energy Generation & Storage

  • EN11. Other Energy Technologies

Environmental Technologies

  • ET1. Climate Change Adaptation, Mitigation, Removal

  • ET2. Digital Ecosystem for the Environment

  • ET3. Emission or Waste 
    Reduction, and the Circular Economy

  • ET4. Environmental and Societal Impact Measurement

  • ET5. Environmental Technologies for Achieving Sustainable Development

  • ET6. Food, Regenerative Agriculture, and Energy

  • ET10. Water Treatment, Resilience, and Sanitation

  • ET11. Other Environmental Technologies

Instrumentation/Hardware Systems

  • IH1. Instrumentation or Hardware Systems for Actuation, Control, and Manipulation

  • IH2. Instrumentation or Hardware Systems for Detection and Characterization

  • IH3. Instrumentation or Hardware Systems for Imaging

  • IH4. Other Instrumentation or Hardware System Technologies

Internet of Things

  • I1. IoT Communications

  • I2. IoT Integrated Systems

  • I3. IoT Sensors and Actuators

  • I4. Networking

  • I5. Other IoT Technologies


  • MO1. Aviation

  • MO4. Infrastructure and Flow

  • MO5. Marine

  • MO6. Personal Transportation

  • MO7. Resilience and Sustainability

  • MO8. Other Mobility Topics Photonics and Photonic Integrated Circuits


  • PH1. Advanced Metrology and Sensors

  • PH5. Photonic Devices

  • PH6. Photonic Energy Conversion

  • PH7. Photonic Materials

  • PH8. Photonic Metamaterials and Plasmonics

  • PH10. Silicon Photonics and Photonic Integrated Circuits

Power Management

  • PM1. Energy Harvesting Devices and Systems

  • PM2. Materials and Devices for Power Electronics

  • PM3. Materials and Devices for Thermal Management

  • PM5. Power Electronic Circuits and Control Systems

  • PM6. Power Management Infrastructure and Smart Grid Systems


  • S1. Electronic Devices

  • S2. Electronic Materials

  • S3. Integrated Circuit Design

  • S4. Microelectronics Packaging and System Integration

  • S5. Novel Semiconductor-based Sensors

  • S6. Processing and Metrology Technology

  • S7. Sustainable Semiconductor Manufacturing


  • SP2. Geological and Geoclimate Science Data Technologies

  • SP7. Remote Sensing Technologies

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