Mentor Protégé Program

Y-12 is an active participant in the DOE Mentor Protégé Program, which is designed to encourage DOE/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 Y-12 Partnerships Office for more information.

The DOE Mentor Protégé Program provides Y-12 a mechanism for entering into integrated working agreements and for providing nonfinancial assistance to these entities. 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.

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
  • Developing a guidance document, program orientation, strategic plan, assessments, reports, and small business policy
  • Introducing small businesses to several private sector firms

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. Y-12’s solicitation of potential protégés may depend upon available resources and qualified small businesses or HBCUs/MEIs.

Information about application submittals for the Mentor Protégé Program will be posted at a later date. Please continue to monitor the Y-12 Socioeconomic Program website for further information.