SBA Awards Grants to 21 Organizations To Support Small Business Innovation

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration will award up to $125,000 in grants to 16 Federal and State Technology (FAST) Partnership Program recipients including state and local economic development agencies, business development centers, colleges and universities and up to $200,000 in grants to 5 Small Business Technology Development Centers to support programs for innovative, technology-driven small businesses.

“We’re excited about partnering with these organizations to help entrepreneurs around the country learn about and compete for SBIR/STTR awards,” said John Williams, SBA Director of Innovation.  “The main goal of FAST is to provide more boots on the ground in local communities through our partner organizations to increase awareness about SBIR/STTR’s early stage funding and level the playing field for entrepreneurs, especially those in underrepresented communities.”

FAST is designed to stimulate economic development with outreach and technical assistance to science and technology-driven small businesses, with a particular emphasis on socially and economically disadvantaged firms, helping them to compete in federally-funded research and development through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Programs.

The following recipients of the FY 2016 FAST awards are:

Regular FAST State Organization up to $125K
Connecticut Innovations Incorporated
Kansas (Wichita State University)
Kentucky Science & Technology Corporation
Louisiana State University and A&M College
Minnesota High Tech Association
Mississippi (Innovate Mississippi)
New Mexico (The Regents of New Mexico State University)
New York (The Research Foundation for the State… University of New York)
North Dakota (University of North Dakota)
Ohio Aerospace Institute
Oregon Built Environment & Sustainable Technologies Center
South Dakota (Governor’s Office of Economic Development)
Texas (The University of Texas at San Antonio)
Virginia (Center for Innovative Technology)
Wisconsin (Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System, UWEX)
Wyoming (University of Wyoming)
SBTDC Up to $200K
Arkansas (University of Arkansas System)
California (Riverside Community College District)
Idaho (Boise State University)
Nebraska (Board of Regents, Univ. of NE dba Univ. of NE at Omaha)
Pennsylvania (Ben Franklin Technology Partners Corporation)

FAST funding awardees must demonstrate how they will help support areas such as:

  • small business research and development assistance,
  • technology transfer from universities to small businesses,
  • technological diffusion of innovation benefiting small businesses,
  • proposal development and mentoring for small businesses applying for SBIR grants; and, • commercializing technology developed through SBIR grants.

Candidates were submitted through each of their state and territorial governors, as each governor may submit only one proposal. After evaluations were made by panels of SBIR program managers, the SBA, the Department of Defense, and the National Science Foundation jointly reviewed panel recommendations and made FAST awards based upon the merits of each proposal. Varying levels of matching funds were required, based upon the state and territory location of each economic development agency. The FAST award project and budget periods are for 12 months, beginning September 30, 2016.

About FAST
The program is a competitive grants program designed to strengthen the technological competitiveness of small businesses and improve the participation of small technology firms in the innovation and commercialization of new technology. All 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Guam and the American Samoa’s are eligible to receive funding for providing services such as outreach and technical assistance in support of the SBIR/STTR Programs.

About Sean Carpenter

Sean Carpenter is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Shamrock Development Associates, Inc., Government Deal Funding, LLC and all of its affiliated companies. Shamrock is a full scale development, consulting, public relations, corporate marketing, and asset/ property management firm. His knowledge of public programs has brought him to teaching opportunities to share his insight throughout the United States.