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Department of Energy-focused Arrowhead Center SBIR Accelerator (ACSA)

November 30, 2022 (All day) to March 01, 2023 (All day) (ET)
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Department of Energy-focused Arrowhead Center SBIR Accelerator (ACSA)
Applications due November 11, 2022 
Cohort runs from November 30, 2022 to March 1, 2023

Applications are now open for our DOE-focused ACSA! This SBIR/STTR accelerator offers in-depth guidance and support for SBIR/STTR proposal package preparation.

Drawing on the resources and expertise of NM FAST, ACSA provides a guided, structured track of support from registration to submission. Throughout the 12-week program, participants will receive guidance on areas such as aligning to a DOE topic area, submitting a compelling Letter of Intent, and creating a complete proposal package that adheres to DOE requirements. Each week focuses on a different aspect of proposal package development and culminates with a submission to DOE.

This ACSA agency-specific program focuses on the DOE’s SBIR/STTR programs. The DOE SBIR/STTR Programs focus on supporting high-quality research “to ensure America’s security and prosperity by addressing its energy, environmental and nuclear challenges through transformative science and technology solutions”. DOE offers more than sixty technical topics and 250 subtopics, spanning research areas that support the DOE mission in Energy Production, Energy Use, Fundamental Energy Sciences, Environmental Management, and Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation.

Through the ACSA program, you’ll receive targeted support in the following areas of proposal development:

  • Registrations 
  • Letter of Intent 
  • Topic matching 
  • Letter(s) of support 
  • Forms 
  • Grant writing
  • Budget creation

The NM FAST program will help you facilitate a meeting or phone call with an appropriate DOE program director, conduct a professional review of your completed proposal package, and be on-call during the submission process.

For the first time, participants in this cohort will have the opportunity to receive subawards with Sandia National Laboratories.

For this iteration of the ACSA program, participants must be active clients in the New Mexico Resilience and Growth (NM CERG) cluster. You can apply to ACSA and be onboarded into NM CERG before the cohort starts. If you are interested in participating, you can find out more about NM CERG, which helps clean energy companies commercialize their solution, at

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