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

VertueLab in Oregon is One of 24 Recipients Nationwide
Release Date: 
Wednesday, August 29, 2018
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PORTLAND, Ore. – 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.  

“We’re excited for this opportunity to continue our partnership with the SBA to help technology startups gain the R&D support they need at critical early stages,” said David Kenney, president and executive director of VertuLab. "This new grant reaffirms that our decade of hard work funding and supporting cleantech startups is having an impact on the world."

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:




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


Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade


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


Hawaii Technology Development Corporation (HTDC)


Boise State University - Idaho Small Business Development Center


Women's Business Development Center


Wichita State University


Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development


Louisiana Business & Technology Center/LSU


Maryland Technology Development Corporation (TEDCO)


Minnesota High Tech Association


Montana State University


First Flight Venture Center


University of Nebraska at Omaha - Nebraska Business Development Center


Arrowhead Center of New Mexico State University


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


Ohio Aerospace Institute


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


VertueLab (formerly Oregon BEST)


University of South Carolina


University of South Dakota - SD Small Business Development Center


Tennessee Technology Development Corporation - Launch Tennessee


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


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.

About FAST

In FY 2018, $3,000,000 total was appropriated as grants for entities to carry out targeted activities from September 30, 2018 through September 29, 2019.  Entities from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Guam, and American Samoa are eligible to receive funding to provide outreach, technical, and financial assistance in support of the SBIR/STTR programs. Additional information can be found at


SBA coordinates the SBIR/STTR programs, also known as America’s Seed Fund, which each year provides more than $2.5 billion in early stage seed capital totaling almost 5,000 awards to small businesses. Eleven participating federal government agencies announce funding opportunities as either grants or contracts to address their research and development needs. Companies supported by the SBIR/STTR programs often generate some of the most important breakthroughs each year in the U.S.  Additional information about the programs, as well as past and current topics can be found at

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