COVID-19 Technical Assistance Program (CTAP and CTAP 2.0)

The Office of Technology Transitions (OTT) is providing funding to National Laboratories and sites for technical assistance to address COVID-19 public health and economic recovery related technical challenges. The DOE Laboratories have unique capabilities enabling them to provide limited duration and scope technical services, analysis, testing, and consulting to external entities.

Now Accepting Proposals for CTAP and CTAP 2.0

CTAP projects are expected to focus on public health impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

CTAP 2.0 funding is intended for technology-based projects that drive innovation with the goal of spurring recovery from the current recession with a focus on investments in critical American infrastructure and supply chain strengthening.

To propose a project, complete the Participant Data Sheet (PDS) and return to ip@sandia.gov along with a brief description of the requested technical support. When completing the PDS for CTAP consideration, you may omit section 12.0. Sandia’s technologies, capabilities, and expertise can be found on the Lab Partnering Service.

CTAP & CTAP 2.0 Frequently Asked Questions

How can CTAP help in the COVID response?

CTAP will provide targeted funding to DOE’s National Lab system to assist non-DOE entities working to combat the coronavirus pandemic and the resulting economic downturn. CTAP gives National Lab researchers the ability to offer short-term, limited assistance to U.S.-based entities dealing with particularly challenging technical hurdles. This is a great opportunity for external partners who could benefit from the incredible resources and expertise our Labs hold.

What kind of work can the National Labs provide in CTAP projects?

The National Labs offer an expansive wealth of expertise in areas related to COVID-19 including: medical-related manufacturing and supply chain, medical devices, diagnostics, therapeutics (pharmaceuticals), sensors, discovery research processes, medical-related artificial intelligence and data analytics, epidemiology tools, and modeling and simulation.

In addition to projects that address public health issues, CTAP funding may be used to address needs relating to economic consequences of the pandemic. Investments in critical American infrastructure and supply chain strengthening are vulnerable given the downturn in the economy. In particular, CTAP funding may be used by the labs to support job-creating projects to: reinvigorate the transportation, clean water, and sanitation sectors; refine manufacturing supply chains, and control the pandemic with efforts to strengthen health care, schools, safe buildings and transportation, and digital infrastructure.

What types of “non-DOE entities” are eligible to participate in CTAP?

National Labs may receive CTAP funding to support short-term engagements with U.S.-based state, tribal, and local governments, not-for-profit organizations, regional and local businesses, and other private sector entities.

What is meant by “short-term, limited assistance?

A CTAP project is a short-duration consultation. Projects up to 40 FTE hours, plus minimal consumables, will be considered appropriate. Projects exceeding this threshold will require justification.

”Why is DOE funding CTAP projects?

DOE recognizes the severe negative impacts to public health and the U.S. economy caused by the pandemic. The labs, along with their partners are expected to define measurable performance goals and estimates of expected impacts on mitigating effects from the pandemic.

My company could benefit from consultation with the National Labs, how do I start?

Begin by clearly identifying your problem so you can communicate it concisely to representatives at the Labs. Then you will want to find the right team at one of the Labs. Your best resource is the DOE Lab Partnering Service which helps you easily navigate all 17 National Laboratories to search for expertise, facilities or technologies that can support your needs. Click on: https://www.labpartnering.org/ Search for Expertise and when you’ve found a good match follow the directions under “Connect.”

Is there a fee to participate in CTAP or use the Lab Partnering Service?

No. Provided the technical assistance you need can be served through a short-term engagement as above, the costs incurred by the National Lab are fully covered with CTAP funding. Any additional costs that exceed CTAP funding would be negotiated separately and directly with the Lab.