SBA Awards Grants to 24 State and Local Economic Development Entities

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Release Date: August 29, 2018

Release Number: 18-53   

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SBA Awards Grants to 24 State and Local Economic Development Entities, SBTDCs, and Universities to Support Small Business Innovation and R&D Commercialization

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has granted 24 awards for $125,000 in FY 2018 under the Federal and State Technology (FAST) Partnership Program. Recipients include state and local economic development entities, Small Business Technology Development Centers, Women’s Business Centers, incubators, accelerators, colleges, and universities that provide support to small businesses developing and commercializing high risk technologies.  

The FAST award project and budget periods are for 12 months, beginning September 30, 2018.

“SBA is thrilled to work with these organizations to increase the understanding of the SBIR/STTR programs,” said Administrator Linda McMahon. “FAST partners are an important part of the innovation entrepreneur ecosystem.  They provide training, financial and technical assistance for small, next-generation technology businesses, and help them navigate federally-funded innovation and R&D programs.”

FAST is designed to stimulate economic development with outreach, training, mentoring, financial support, and business/technical assistance to R&D focused small businesses, with a particular emphasis on fostering participation from women-owned, rural-based, and socially/economically disadvantaged firms to help them compete in the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Programs. 

Recipients of FY 2018 funding, for project performance in FY 2019:

STATE                        NAME OF ORGANIZATION

AR-University of Arkansas System – Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center

CO-Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade

DE-University of Delaware - Delaware Small Business Development Center (DSBDC)

HI-Hawaii Technology Development Corporation (HTDC)

ID-Boise State University - Idaho Small Business Development Center

IL-Women's Business Development Center

KS-Wichita State University

KY-Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development

LA-Louisiana Business & Technology Center/LSU

MD-Maryland Technology Development Corporation (TEDCO)

MN-Minnesota High Tech Association

MT-Montana State University

NC-First Flight Venture Center

NE-University of Nebraska at Omaha - Nebraska Business Development Center

NM-Arrowhead Center of New Mexico State University

NY-The Research Foundation of State University of New York - New York SBDC

OH-Ohio Aerospace Institute

OK-Board of Regents of the University of Oklahoma - Office of Research Services

OR-Oregon BEST

SC-University of South Carolina

SD-University of South Dakota - SD Small Business Development Center

TN-Tennessee Technology Development Corporation - Launch Tennessee

WI-Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System - Center for Technology Commercialization

WY-The University of Wyoming - Wyoming Small Business Development Center (WSBDC)

FAST provides one-year funding to organizations to execute state/regional programs that increase the number of SBIR/STTR proposals (through outreach, training and financial support); increase the number of SBIR/STTR awards (through business assistance and mentoring); and better prepare SBIR/STTR awardees for commercialization success (through business assistance and mentoring).

Candidates were endorsed by each of their state and territorial governors, as each state may submit only one proposal. Proposals were evaluated by panels of reviewers from SBA, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Special Operations Command, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Energy, the Missile Defense Agency, and the National Institutes of Health. Varying levels of matching funds were required, based on the number of SBIR Phase I awards in each state.


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