xTechSBIR Clean Tech

The Office of the United States Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology (ASA(ALT)) and U.S. Army Applied Small Business Innovation Research Program

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Total Money Offered: Total Prize Money: $450K; Total Phase I SBIR Funding: $8.75M; Total Direct to Phase II SBIR Funding: Up to $1.8M each
Challenge Topic: Open topic, Clean Tech
Partner Agency:

The Office of the United States Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology (ASA(ALT)) and U.S. Army Applied Small Business Innovation Research Program

Submission Dates: April 15, 2022 — May 9, 2022
Winner Announced: October 31, 2022
Who Can Submit: United States-based small businesses and sole proprietors

Description

The U.S. Army would like to invite interested entities to participate in the xTech Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Clean Tech competition, a clean tech open-topic competition to engage with the Army, earn prize money and provide potential funding opportunities to tackle Army challenges within the clean tech space. Winners of xTechSBIR Clean Tech competition will be invited to submit a Phase I or a Direct to Phase II SBIR proposal to prototype their proposed technology innovations.

The xTechSBIR Clean Tech competition is sponsored by the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology). As the Army aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30%, by 2030, ASA(ALT) is committed to that mission through supporting technological innovation and utilizing the Army xTech and Army SBIR programs to help in achieving the Army’s overarching goals. The ASA(ALT) recognizes that the U.S. Army must enhance engagements with small businesses by (1) understanding the spectrum of ‘world-class’ technologies being developed commercially within the clean tech realm, that may benefit the Army, (2) integrating the sector of commercial innovators into the Army’s Science and Technology ecosystems, and (3) providing mentorship and expertise to accelerate, mature, and transition technologies of interest to the Army.

Technology Focus Areas: 

The xTechSBIR Clean Tech competition is seeking novel, disruptive concepts and technology solutions that have both civilian and military applications (dual use capabilities) that can assist in tackling the Army’s current needs and be applied to current Army concepts. The intent is to provide the Army with transformative technology solutions while enabling cost savings throughout the Army systems life-cycle. Participants can submit applications on any solution related to clean tech that might apply to the Army’s current needs. Below is a list of key focus areas for this competition, but eligible entities can submit on solutions outside of these areas that are related to clean tech.

Clean Energy Generation: The U.S. Army is looking for reliable and affordable ways to generate energy from renewable, zero-emission, non-polluting sources. This includes solar, wind, water, nuclear, thermal, and waste-to-energy based energy solutions or a combination of these alone or with legacy DOD power generation systems.

Clean Energy Storage: Clean Energy Storage focuses around energy storage systems (batteries, capacitors, hybrid devices, and DC/DC converters) and the technology solutions to optimize single cell, modules, and vehicle-packaged cost, performance, safety, life, abuse tolerance, recycling, and sustainability within production, use, and disposal processes.

Clean Micro Grid: Clean micro grids focuses on devices and controlling digital information systems that optimize the efficiency, reliability, and security of grid-delivered power. This includes management, energy storage, metering & monitoring, AI grid optimization, sensors, diagnostics/prognostics, and analytics.

Electric Transportation: Electric transportation focuses on software and hardware solutions for electric and hybrid-electric systems for vehicles and aviation. This includes the supporting infrastructure for operational energy availability and sustainment. Components may include platform rechargers with our without power generation sources, range extenders, and battery technologies.

Clean Industry Tech: Clean Industry Tech puts focus on overall sustainability of industrial processes and associated supply chains. This area emphasizes emissions minimization and efficiency maximization. Solutions sought includes altering manufacturing processes to decrease resource consumption, generate sustainable power and fuels, and develop alternatives for environmentally harmful or scarce materials.

Schedules and Prizes

PART 1: CONCEPT WHITE PAPER

April 15 - May 9, 2022

Up to fifty (50) finalists

$2,000/each

All eligible entities shall submit a short 3-page concept white paper outlining potiential for impact/revolutionary for DOD; technology and concept viability; and commercialization potential. Each concept white paper will be reviewed by Army stakeholders including user, program acquisition, and research and development subject matter experts.

PART 2: FINAL TECHNOLOGY PITCHES

June 2022

Up to thirty-five (35) finalists

$10K/each

Invitation to submit for a Phase I SBIR or Direct to Phase II SBIR award

In Part 2, the finalists will conduct a virtual pitch to a panel of Army SMEs scheduled from June 27 – July 1, 2022 (dates will be finalized with participants) and are subject to change. Participants will pitch their technical volume being proposed for a potential Phase I or Direct to Phase II award. Each participant will have 20 minutes to pitch, followed by 10 minutes for questions and answers with the judges’ panel. Further details on each scoring dimension will be provided to the finalists selected for Part 2.

Participants will be asked to submit supplemental information aligning to the SBIR announcement which will include the cost volume, company commercialization report and any additional supporting documents outlined in the SBIR announcement.

Upon conclusion of the technology pitches, the Government will select up to 35 finalists to receive an additional prize of $10,000 and will have an opportunity to submit for a Phase I SBIR award worth up to $250,000 each or a Direct to Phase II award worth up to $1.8M each.

PART 3: REQUEST FOR SBIR PHASE I OR DIRECT TO PHASE II

July 2022

Up to thirty-five (35) finalists

SBIR Phase I Award: Up to $250K/each

SBIR Direct to Phase II Award: Up to $1.8M/each

A separate public SBIR announcement will be issued concurrent with this prize competition with detailed instructions on how to submit the SBIR proposal materials. Finalists selected from Part 2: Technology Pitches will be the only entities eligible to participate in Part 3 and submit a Phase I proposal or Direct to Phase II proposal under the SBIR announcement.

Rules

Eligibility Requirements:

The entities allowed to participate in this competition must be sole proprietors or small business concerns in accordance with Small Business Administration guidance under 13 Code of Federal Regulations § 121.201, or any entity willing and able to be registered as a small business in the United States (U.S.) if selected to participate in this competition.

Each eligible entity:

  • Shall be incorporated in, and maintain, a primary place of business in the U.S.
  • May not be a Federal entity or employ a Federal employee acting within the scope of their employment

Sole proprietors may participate in xTechSBIR if the individual is a citizen or national of the U.S. or a lawful permanent resident of the U.S. and the business is registered in the U.S. Foreign companies may participate in xTechSBIR by establishing a U.S. domestic business relationship (e.g., wholly owned U.S. subsidiary) or partner with a U.S. based company.

Judging Criteria

Part 1: Concept White Paper

Concept white papers will be evaluated and ranked using the following scoring criteria (further details on each scoring dimension can be found on the xTechSBIR Clean Tech competition registration page):

  • Introduction, Program Alignment – 25%
  • Potential for Impact/Revolutionary for DOD – 15%
  • Technology and Concept Viability– 30%
  • Commercialization and Potential – 20%
  • Submission Quality – 10%

Part 2: Final Technology Pitches

Further details on each scoring dimension will be provided to the finalists selected for Part 2.

Part 3: Request for SBIR Phase I or Direct to Phase II

A separate public SBIR announcement will be issued concurrent with this prize competition with detailed instructions on how to submit the SBIR proposal materials.

How to Enter

The xTechSBIR Clean Tech competition is voluntary and open to all entities that meet the eligibility requirements. There may be only one submission per eligible entity.  The registration information and upload submission must be received by 5:00 PM EDT on May 9, 2022. Submissions received after the deadline will not be considered.

All xTechSBIR Clean Tech competition submissions are treated as privileged information and contents are disclosed to U.S. defense civilian and military employees or designated support contractors only for the purpose of evaluation and program support.

Detailed feedback from the judges panel will be provided to the participants throughout each phase of the competition. The purpose of providing this feedback is to help accelerate transition of the technology to a U.S. military end-user by providing insight on best applications for the technology, suggestions for product improvement for military use and recommended next steps for development. However, the Government will not respond to questions or inquiries regarding this feedback.

All concept white papers must adhere to the following requirements:

  • All concept white papers must be submitted using the template found on the registration page, “xTechSBIR Clean Tech Competition _WhitePaper_Template.doc”. Any proposals submitted in a format other than that provided by the template will not be reviewed. 
  • Please list your company name, and proposal title EXACTLY how you would like them to appear on any contest marketing materials. Use clear and concise proposal titles to give readers and potential stakeholders an understanding of how your technology would benefit the Army.

Disclaimers

Registered participants shall be required to assume any and all risks and waive claims against the Federal Government and its related entities, except in the case of willful misconduct, for any injury, death, damage, or loss of property, revenue, or profits, whether direct, indirect, or consequential, arising from their participation in this prize competition, whether the injury, death, damage, or loss arises through negligence or otherwise.

Contact

The xTech Program Office

Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army, Research and Technology

Email:  usarmy.pentagon.hqda-asa-alt.mbx.xtechsearch@army.mil

Website:  https://www.xtechsearch.army.mil