From our friend Rick Shindell -
Many of our readers, especially those newer to SBIR/STTR utilize the services of outreach and assistance organizations that have partial, but important funding from SBA. One of the more prominent examples of this funding comes from SBA's Federal and State Technology (FAST) Partnership Program.
FAST funding helps assist many state organizations do outreach and training, including seminars for small businesses wanting to get involved in SBIR.
This is a little known fact, and it predates FAST, but ultimately (years later) led to the idea of a FAST program. Many years ago, an SBA person in San Diego heard of some people trying to put together a small businesses with new promising technologies. The SBA rep heard about this and reached out to these folk telling them about this new program, SBIR. Armed with this new information from SBA, SBIR became a springboard for this new company named Qualcomm! Yes, it got off the ground with a type of SBA outreach for SBIR.
The new FAST Grant solicitation hit the streets May 24, 2019 and closes June 29, 2019. I know we have quite a few FAST awardees who read this publication, and I wanted to help spread the word.
The applying organization must be supported by the state's governor or his/her representative. Details at https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=316333