Tennessee enterprises do well in recent DOE funding announcements

It’s been a good week for some Tennessee enterprises.

In the latest announcement yesterday, five Tennessee organizations, including two in Chattanooga, were awarded a combined nearly $7.5 million in funding to support the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) research priorities in advanced batteries, electrification, and manufacturing. The five awards are part of $139 million in federal funding for 55 projects across the country.

The largest of the awards – $1,893,168 – went to the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, while the Chattanooga Area Regional Transportation Authority received $1,750,155. Other recipients and their award amounts included the East Tennessee Clean Fuels Coalition ($1,801,697), Oak Ridge National Laboratory ($1,549,915), and Shelby County Government ($500,000). Click here to learn more.

Separately, nine companies, all but one located in East Tennessee, have received Release 2 awards from U.S.Department of Energy (DOE) under its Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs.

In its announcement earlier this week, DOE said 105 grants totaling $116 million were made to 92 small businesses across 31 states. The announcement includes a link to all of the Release 1 and Release 2 awards. We went through the four spreadsheets and distilled information on Tennessee-based recipients. Slightly less than $2.7 million of the Release 2 awards went to 10 Tennessee companies – eight of the nine Phase I awards (DOE 2020_Phase_I_Release_2_Awards) are East Tennessee-based and the only Phase II award (DOE 2020_Phase_II_Release_2_Awards) in also from East Tennessee.

Earlier this year, DOE made four announcements of Release 1 awards  – three Phase Is (DOE 2020_Phase_I_Release_1_Awards) and one Phase II (DOE 2020_Phase_II_Release_1_Awards) – that totaled almost $2.1 million.


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