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Mentor- Protégé Program

Program Name: Mentor- Protégé Program
Program Sponsor: U.S. Department of Energy
Program Type:          Information Sharing/ Technical Assistance
Technology:               N/A
Fuel:                        N/A
Eligibility:  Small Businesses
Cost: Free


The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) administers the Mentor-Protégé Program (MPP), a strategic initiative designed to bolster the involvement of small businesses with the DOE. The DOE’s MPP focuses on establishing enduring partnerships between small businesses and DOE prime contractors while also increasing the number of small businesses that secure DOE prime contracts and subcontracts. The goal is to develop technical, administrative, managerial expertise in protégé firms to help them become more competitive in the federal contracting space.


Protégé businesses must have been in business for two years, eligible to receive a government contract, and registered with the System for Award Management (SAM). Additionally, applicants must be able to certify as a small business with the services and supplies they provide in accordance with the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) Codes.

Mentors must be a federal contractor in good standing, have an active DOE contract, and have favorable financial health, including profitability over the previous two years.

How the Program Works

The MPP encourages DOE prime contractors to provide support and mentorship to a wide range of small and disadvantaged businesses. The goal is to enhance these businesses’ capabilities, thereby improving their ability to successfully secure and fulfill contracts and subcontracts from the DOE and other federal agencies . The program is designed to encourage DOE prime contractors to assist small, disadvantaged businesses certified by the Small Business Administration (SBA) under Section 8(a) of the Small Business Act, other small, disadvantaged businesses, women-owned small businesses, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and other minority institutions of higher learning.

How to Apply

Watch the training video and contact the OSDBU at the phone number or email provided below.

Contact Information

For more information about the DOE’s Mentor-Protégé Program, please contact the OSDBU office at 202-586-7377 or by email at