The Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs fund a diverse portfolio of startups and small businesses across technology areas and markets to stimulate technological innovation. These highly competitive programs advance commercialization and research and development opportunities for startups and small businesses.


The Arizona Commerce Authority has aggregated a collection of SBIR/STTR resources to mobilize and equip the state's startups and small businesses to successfully compete for federal research opportunities.

Federal And State Technology (FAST) Partnership Program

The Federal and State Technology (FAST) Partnership Program provides funding to technology-based economic development entities to execute programs that increase the competitiveness of startups and small businesses for SBIR/STTR proposals. FAST is intended to increase successful applications from underrepresented groups and regions.


To ensure Arizona’s startup ecosystem has access to the resources necessary for competitive applications, the ACA has partnered with the SBA to offer grants funded by the FAST program. These grants will accelerate the innovation ecosystem’s competitive advantage to meet federal research and development needs. 


Additional program guidelines and application here

Training and Resources

To accelerate commercialization and investment opportunities in the state, the Arizona Commerce Authority launched a SBIR training program. The SBIR Training Program provides entrepreneurs, small business owners and startups with the local resources and mentors to competitively apply for funding through the SBIR program. 


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