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Federal And State Technology (FAST) Partnership Program

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U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) - SBIR-STTR America's Seed Fund

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06/27/22 4:00 PM ET - Receipt


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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:

  1. Outreach: Increase the pipeline of SBIR/STTR applicants through training and outreach; and build the capacity of partner organizations and individuals to support SBIR/STTR applicants and existing awardees.
  2. Technical and business assistance: Support entrepreneurs and startups through programs or services that improve proposal development and team creation; provide assistance that leads to the commercialization of technology developed through SBIR/STTR program funding; and form or encourage relevant mentoring networks to provide business advice and counseling.
  3. Financial support: Make grants or loans to applicants to pay a portion or all the cost of developing SBIR/STTR proposals (Phase 0), attending relevant conferences, and bridging gaps between phases.

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GrantWatch ID#: 203960

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Number of Grants:

SBA expects to make approximately 15 awards.

Estimated Size of Grant:

SBA expects to make awards with a maximum amount of up to $125,000.

Term of Contract:

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


  • City or township governments
  • County governments
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Private institutions of higher education
  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
  • See RFP and/or Grant Guidelines for full eligibility
  • State governments

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants include for profit and non-profit entities to include but not limited to, state and local economic development agencies, colleges and universities, Small Business Development Centers, Women’s Business Centers, Procurement Technical Assistance Centers, incubators, and accelerators. Applications will be considered from all 50 states, U.S. territories and the District of Columbia.

Please note: Only organizations located in states and territories that lack an existing FAST grantee are eligible to apply. See the URL for Full Text below for a list of current grantees.

In order to be eligible for this funding opportunity an Applicant must:
• Be a public or private entity, organization, or individual that intends to use funding awarded under this Announcement to provide outreach, financial support, and/or technical and business assistance to next generation R&D-focused small businesses in order to increase SBIR/STTR proposals and awards; and
• Be endorsed by the appropriate state governor or their authorized designee as the only approved applicant from that state.

For ineligible applicants, see

Pre-Application Information:

Each Applicant is required to submit its proposal electronically via no later than 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time on June 27, 2022.

Please note that organizations must obtain a Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) from before registering with Because of the pre-conditions for submitting applications via and the potential for encountering technical difficulties in using that site, Applicants are strongly encouraged to log on to and review the submission instructions early. Do not wait until the closing date to begin the submission process.

Only one proposal from each state may be submitted to the SBA for consideration and this application must have a signed letter of endorsement from the state governor or equivalent. Only those proposals bearing the written endorsement of the state governor(s) or their designee(s) may be submitted for evaluation and funding considerations.

Non-federal entities selected for awards under this Announcement are required to maximize their efforts to leverage SBA funding by working in conjunction with other public and private entities that provide support or have resources that would benefit SBIR/STTR applicants and/or awardees.

A non-federal match is required, and not less than 50 percent of the match provided by a Non-federal entity must take the form of cash. The non-federal share of the cost of an activity (other than a planning activity) carried out under the FAST program is provided below:
a. 50 cents of non-federal match for each federal dollar (a 1:2 match) for Applicant entities in the twenty-two (22) states receiving the fewest number of SBIR/STTR Phase I awards;
b. Except as noted in (d) below, one dollar of non-federal match for each federal dollar (1:1 match), in the case of an Applicant that will serve small business concerns located in one of the sixteen (16) states receiving the greatest number of SBIR/STTR Phase I awards;
c. Except as noted in (d) below, 75 cents of non-federal match (a 3:4 match) for each federal dollar for all other states not described previously; and,
d. 50 cents for each federal dollar that will be directly allocated by an Applicant described in sections (b) or (c) above to serve small businesses located in a qualified census tract as that term is defined in section 42(d)(5)(C)(ii) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986. Federal dollars not so allocated by that Applicant shall be subject to the matching requirements of section (a), (b) or (c) above.
- For state ranking and corresponding match requirement, see

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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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
202-619-0379, 202-731-8503

For technical support contact the help desk at 800-518-4726 or

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