Funding Opportunity: Algae in Small Business Innovation Research and Technology Transfer Programs

Dear ABO member,

The Energy Department’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) recently announced new topics and subtopics under its Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Technology Transfer (STTR) programs, including one subtopic specific to algae: “Solid-liquid separations for algal systems.”

This SBIR subtopic is intended to support “commercial processing technologies that as a unit operation produce slurry with 20-30% solids from a dilute 0.5 grams/liter algal feed…Applications must show a final 25-30% reduction in capital cost, a 20% reduction in energy demand, and a solids concentration of at least 20%.”

The “Solid-liquid separations for algal systems” subtopic falls under the Bioenergy Topic for which Phase 1 awards are $150,000 or less and Phase 2 are $1 million or less.

A more thorough explanation of the topics and subtopics can be found here.

In order to be considered for this SBIR, interested companies must file a mandatory letter of intent by Monday, December 15 before 5:00 PM EST, followed by a formal application process. EERE will host a webinar for potential applicants, which will be especially helpful for first time applicants, on December 8 from 11:00 – 1:30 EST. Webinar registration can be found here.

For the purpose of SBIR’s, a small business is defined as an independently owned and operated for-profit business with 500 or fewer employees, with more than 50% ownership by US citizens or lawfully admitted permanent resident aliens, and with its primary place of business in the US.

If you have any questions about this opportunity feel free to get in touch.


Matt Carr
Executive Director
Algae Biomass Organization
Phone: (877)531-5512

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