The U.S. Small Business Administration issued 33 grant awards up to $125,000 each for specialized training, mentoring, and technical assistance for research and development (R&D)-focused small businesses under the Federal and State Technology (FAST) Partnership Program. FAST seeks to improve outcomes in the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Programs for underserved communities by increasing participation from women-owned, rural-based, and socially or economically disadvantaged small businesses.
“As President Biden often says, great ideas come from anywhere and everywhere. Supporting all our nation’s innovative startups and increasing equitable access to federal research funding is a priority for the SBA, not just because it’s the right thing to do, but because it will build a stronger future for all of us,” said SBA Administrator Isabella Guzman.
“Our FAST Partnership Program is designed to empower the innovation ecosystem at the local level and help underserved communities gain access to SBIR and STTR, or America’s Seed Fund – the largest source of early-stage capital in the United States. FAST’s continued growth will strengthen the national innovation ecosystem and ensure all small businesses are better positioned in this next stage of recovery to access unprecedented investments to reimagine our future economy that will be made available through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework and President Biden’s Build Back Better agenda.”
Recipients this year cover a wide geographic area, and include state and local economic development organizations, Small Business Technology Development Centers, Women’s Business Centers, Procurement Technical Assistance Centers, incubators, accelerators, colleges, and universities. All organizations will provide support to small businesses developing advanced technologies.
“The SBA’s investment in Oklahoma, through the FAST program, has been vital to OK Catalyst reaching untapped communities in the Heartland through training and mentorship programs that embolden women and minority entrepreneurs with transformational potential to launch new products and grow a business,” said Sarah Hamby, Director, OK Catalyst. “FAST funding has enabled OK Catalyst to drastically improve the competitiveness and success of SBIR/STTR proposals in our state.”
The FAST Partnership Program makes awards for a base period of 12 months, plus two optional continuation periods of 12 months, if eligible.
The FAST grantees are as follows:
Awardees – 2022 Cohort – Base Year
|Arizona||Arizona Commerce Authority|
|Georgia||Innovation Gateway at the University of Georgia|
|Kentucky||Kentucky Science and Technology Corporation|
|Louisiana||Louisiana Business & Technology Center/LSU|
|Missouri||The Curators of the University of Missouri|
|Puerto Rico||Puerto Rico Small Business and Technology Development Centers|
|South Dakota||South Dakota Biotech Council|
|Wisconsin||Center for Technology Commercialization|
Awardees – 2021 Cohort – Second Year
|Arkansas||University of Arkansas at Little Rock- Arkansas SBTDC|
|Colorado||The Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade|
|Connecticut||Connecticut Innovations, Inc.|
|Delaware||University of Delaware|
|Hawaii||Hawaii Technology Development Corporation (HTDC)|
|Illinois||EnterpriseWorks at the University of Illinois|
|Kansas||Wichita State University|
|Maryland||Maryland Technology Development Corporation (TEDCO)|
|Minnesota||Minnesota Technology Association|
|Montana||Montana State University|
|Nebraska||Nebraska Business Development Center, University of Nebraska at Omaha|
|New Mexico||Arrowhead Center at New Mexico State University|
|North Carolina||First Flight Venture Center, Inc.|
|Ohio||Ohio Aerospace Institute|
|Pennsylvania||Ben Franklin Technology Partners Corporation|
|South Carolina||University of South Carolina|
|Texas||SWTXB SBDC Technology Commercialization Center|
|Virginia||Center for Innovative Technology (CIT)|
|West Virginia||TechConnect West Virginia|
|Wyoming||University of Wyoming Small Business Development Center|
In FY 2021, $4 million total was appropriated as grants for entities to carry out targeted activities from September 30, 2021 through September 29, 2022. Entities from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, and the Northern Mariana Islands are eligible to receive funding to provide outreach, technical, and financial assistance in support of the SBIR/STTR programs. Additional information can be found at www.sbir.gov/about-fast.
SBA coordinates the SBIR/STTR programs, also known as America’s Seed Fund. In FY 2021, eleven participating federal agencies will provide more than $4 billion in early-stage seed capital through over 7,000 awards to small businesses. Federal agencies announce funding opportunities as either grants or contracts to address their research and development needs. Companies supported by the SBIR/STTR programs often generate some of the most important breakthroughs each year in the U.S. Additional information about the programs, as well as past and current topics can be found at www.sbir.gov.
About the U.S. Small Business Administration
The U.S. Small Business Administration helps power the American dream of business ownership. As the only go-to resource and voice for small businesses backed by the strength of the federal government, the SBA empowers entrepreneurs and small business owners with the resources and support they need to start, grow, or expand their businesses, or recover from a declared disaster. It delivers services through an extensive network of SBA field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations. To learn more, visit www.sba.gov.