The Utah Small Business Development Center at the College of Eastern Utah will take part in a national pilot program designed to uncover and evaluate technological innovations being developed by individuals or small businesses, said director Boni Nichols.

"Under the pilot program, we will forward promising ideas for inventions to the National Bureau of Standards to be evaluated under the Energy-Related Invention Program, which has been conducted since 1975 by the bureau and the Department of Energy," Nichols said.Inventions believed to have energy-saving potential will be recommended to DOE for possible financial and marketing support. "Grants have ranged from $50,000 to $200,000 for the invention depending on its needs for development under this program," she said.

If bureau officials determine the invention lacks energy-saving potential but has commercial promise, it will be referred to the originating SBDC with suggestions for further development.