U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) - SBIR-STTR America's Seed Fund
06/27/22 4:00 PM ET - Receipt
Cooperative agreements to USA and territories economic development agencies, small business development centers, accelerators, IHEs, and other nonprofit and for-profit entities in eligible locations to provide assistance to underrepresented entrepreneurs. Applicants are advised that required registrations must be completed prior to applying. Funding is intended for outreach, financial support, and business and technical assistance. The purpose of the program is to enhance the technological competitiveness of small businesses focused on research and development in order to help them compete for the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. Qualifying organizations located in states and territories that lack an existing grantee are eligible to apply.
Since its inception in 1953, the U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA or Agency) has served to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small businesses. The SBA plays a critical role in providing funding to organizations that deliver technical assistance in the form of counseling and training to small business concerns and nascent entrepreneurs in order to promote growth, expansion, innovation, increased productivity and management improvement.
The mission of SBA’s Office of Innovation & Technology, which bears responsibility for administering the FAST program, is to strengthen the technological competitiveness of small businesses across the country through coordination and oversight of the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. The primary mission of the FAST program is to help underrepresented entrepreneurs successfully compete for SBIR/STTR awards.
The FAST program provides funding to organizations to execute state/regional programs that increase the number of SBIR/STTR proposals leading to an increase in the number of SBIR/STTR awards from women, socially/economically disadvantaged individuals, and small businesses in underrepresented areas - typically rural states.
As set forth in the Small Business Act (Rev.13 p. 281) FAST awards build the SBIR/STTR ecosystem through:
GrantWatch ID#: 203960
SBA expects to make approximately 15 awards.
SBA expects to make awards with a maximum amount of up to $125,000.
Project Starting Date: September 30, 2022.
This award will be made for a five (5) year period of performance. This budget period is for 12 months with four (4) Non-Compete Continuation (NCC) budget periods of 12 months each, as follows:
• Budget Year 1: September 30, 2022 - September 29, 2023
• Budget Year 2: September 30, 2023 - September 29, 2024
• Budget Year 3: September 30, 2024 - September 29, 2025
• Budget Year 4: September 30, 2025 – September 29, 2026
• Budget Year 5: September 30, 2026 – September 29, 2027
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
For questions email FAST@sba.gov.
Questions concerning general information contained in this Announcement should be directed to the GOTR:
Elden Hawkes, U.S. Small Business Administration
Office of Innovation and Technology
For technical support contact the Grants.gov help desk at 800-518-4726 or email@example.com.
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