The Small Business Administration (SBA) posted the following notice on their SBIR/STTR website (sbir.gov) on June 12, 2012:
Grant Funding Available for States to Support R&D, Small Business Innovation Grant Funding Available for States to Support R&D, Small Business
The SBA is accepting grant funding requests from the governors of U.S. states and territories to support programs for innovative, technology-driven small businesses under SBA’s Federal and State Technology (FAST) partnership program through July 9, 2012.
FAST provides $2 million in funding (up to $100,000 per applicant) for outreach and technical assistance to science and technology-driven small businesses. The program places particular emphasis on helping socially and economically disadvantaged firms compete in the SBA’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs.
Eligible applicants for FAST grants include state and local economic development agencies, Small Business Development Centers, and colleges and universities. Each state, through its governor, may submit one proposal. All proposals must be submitted through www.grants.gov:
The Innovation Partnership plans to pursue funding under this new opportunity to support PA SBIR/STTR clients and potential clients in their efforts to secure a greater level of federal awards under these programs.