Mentor Protégé Program

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CNS is an active participant in the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Mentor Protégé Program, which is designed to encourage DOE and National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) prime contractors to assist in the development of small businesses, Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), and other Minority Educational Institutions (MEIs) of higher learning.

Interested HBCUs and MEIs must contact the CNS Partnerships Office for more information.

The DOE Mentor Protégé Program provides CNS a mechanism for entering into integrated working agreements and for providing nonfinancial assistance. The agreements are designed to enhance the protégé’s business and technical capabilities, to foster long-term business relationships between these small businesses and DOE prime contractors, and to increase the overall number of small businesses receiving awards.

The success of the Mentor Protégé Program starts with a successful selection process consisting of a committed Selection Team.

Activities under a Mentor Protégé Agreement may include some of the following:

  • Assisting in increasing the protégés' technical and business capabilities
  • Introducing protégé companies to other DOE M&O contractors and small business advocates across the DOE/NNSA complex
  • Engineering and other technical assistance
  • Business and financial management guidance

A protégé’s agreement may be used as justification for award at other federal sites.

New protégés may be added to the Mentor Protégé Program semiannually, annually, or biannually. CNS's solicitation of potential protégés may depend upon available resources and qualified small businesses and/or HBCUs/MEIs.

The Mentor Protégé Program application process is not open at this time. Please continue to monitor the CNS Small Business Program website for further information.