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SMALL BUSINESSES ARE URGED TO SEEK DOE RESEARCH FUNDS

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The Department of Energy is inviting small businesses to submit grant applications for its eighth annual solicitation for the Small Business Innovation Research program.

The objective of the SBIR program is to strengthen the role of small, innovative firms in areas of research and development that are federally funded. It also is intended to use federal research and development as a base for technological innovation, to meet agency needs and contribute to the growth and strength of the nation's economy.The winners will receive up to $50,000 to explore the feasibility of their ideas with up to $500,000 available in a second phase for those ideas with the highest potential to meet the SBIR program objectives. The deadline for grant applications is Jan. 23, 1990.

Firms with strong research capabilities in science and engineering in any of 30 technical topics are encouraged to participate.

They are environmental control technology for fossil energy; advanced fossil resource utilization; enhanced oil recovery and coal-based liquids; advanced technology for the recovery and utilization of natural gas; biotechnology for fossil energy; human genome; nuclear medicine; instrumentation for ocean measurements.

Others are novel sources of electromagnetic radiation; advancements in underground imaging; materials science; chemical sciences research; instrumentation for two-phase flow research; plasma diagnostics; plasma confinement systems technology; fusion energy systems; technology for the superconducting supercollider.

Also, high energy physics data processing and detector instrumentation; technology and instrumentation for high energy accelerators; accelerator technology for nuclear physics.