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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. 


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The Arizona Commerce Authority is pleased to partner with Arizona State University, a significant semiconductor influence in the state and nationwide, to offer the Advanced Manufacturing Facilities (AMF) Grant.  The AMF Grant grant allows discounted pricing for access that matches 1:1 of Core Facility usage (up to $50,000 per company), supporting Arizona's startup innovation and semiconductor growth. It provides shared semiconductor fabrication and characterization equipment with pilot-scale capabilities at  ASU's Established Core Facilities, specialized services, and expert consultation and training. 


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Training and Resources

SBIR/STTR Training Program

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

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SBIR/STTR Resources

The Arizona small business community has access to SBIR/STTR funding resources. The resources include assistance in applying, tips on preparing detailed proposals and guidance from experts who have successfully obtained grants through SBIR/STTR programs, consultants, grant writers, organizations and more.

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The Arizona FAST program is funded in part by the U.S. Small Business Administration