Learn more about the Federal and State Technology (FAST) Partnership Program and how it helps state/regional programs increaese the number of awards given to underrepresented groups.


The Federal and State Technology (FAST) Partnership 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.

FAST awards build the SBIR/STTR ecosystem through:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.


Below are a variety of documents relating to the submission of FAST applications, including the slides for the FY 2022 funding opportunity presentation.

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Reporting Documents for Awardees

List of Current FAST Awardees

State Organization
ArkansasArkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center
ArizonaArizona Commerce Authority
ColoradoColorado SBDC Techsource
ConnecticutConnecticut Innovations, Inc.

University of Delaware

GeorgiaInnovation Gateway-University of Georgia
HawaiiHawaii Technology Development Corporation (HTDC)
IllinoisEnterpriseWorks at the University of Illinois
KansasWichita State University
KentuckyKentucky Science and Technology Corporation
LouisianaLouisiana Business and Technology Center

Maryland Technology Development Corporation (TEDCO)

MinnesotaMinnesota Technology Association
MississippiInnovate Mississippi
MissouriMissouri Small Business Development Center
MontanaMontana State University
NebraskaNebraska Business Development Center, University of Nebraska at Omaha
New HampshireUniversity of New Hampshire
New MexicoArrowhead Center at New Mexico State University
North CarolinaFirst Flight Venture Center, Inc.

Ohio Aerospace Institute

Oklahoma   The University of Oklahoma Tom Love Innovation Hub
PennsylvaniaBen Franklin Technology Partners Corporation
Puerto RicoPuerto Rico Small Business and Technology Development Centers
South Carolina   University of South Carolina
South DakotaSouth Dakota Biotechnology Council
TennesseeLaunch Tennessee
Texas  SWTXB SBDC Technology Commercialization Center
VirginiaCenter for Innovative Technology (CIT)
West VirginiaTechConnect West Virginia
WisconsinCenter for Technology Commercialization
WyomingUniversity of Wyoming Small Business Development Center