The Department of Energy's Mentor-Protégé Program is designed to encourage DOE prime contractors to assist small business concerns, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and other minority institutions of higher learning. The program seeks to foster long-term business relationships between these small business entities and DOE prime contractors, and to increase the overall number of these small business entities that receive DOE prime and subcontract awards.

Program Benefits for Mentor

  • Help small businesses expand their capacity by providing developmental and technical assistance.
  • Equip small businesses with the knowledge, skills, and capabilities to successfully compete for DOE prime contracts.
  • Use the unique / specialized skills of the protégé small business.
  • Award noncompetitive subcontracts to protégés or other DOE protégés in the program.
  • Receive reimbursement for allowable incurred costs while assisting the protégé performing the subcontract activities.
  • Receive credit for subcontracts awarded per the MPP agreement toward subcontracting goals contained in the subcontracting plans.

Program Benefits for Protégé

  • Receive technical and developmental assistance from Sandia.
  • Gain the knowledge, skills, and capabilities to successfully compete for DOE prime contracts.
  • Build relationships with Sandia and other entities.
  • Be eligible to receive noncompetitive subcontracts from DOE, Sandia and other national laboratories (at thresholds of $4M for other than construction contracts and $6.5M for construction contracts).

Notice - Estimated Timeline for Mentor-Protege Selection for FY20

The following table is an estimated timeline of key Mentor-Protégé activities. All dates are subject to change and will be updated as needed.

Mentor-Protégé Activity

Date of Completion

BOW Response and Application Submission

Closed January 31, 2020 at 6:02 PM

Evaluation and Selection Process

February 1, 2020 through July 30, 2020

Announcement of Selected and Non-Selected Applicants

July 31, 2020

Additional Mentor-Protégé opportunities will exist in future years, please reference the Business Opportunity Website for postings.

Contact Information

For more information about the DOE’s Mentor-Protégé Program at Sandia
National Laboratories, please e-mail or call 800-765-1678.