UGA FAST Grant
The UGA FAST Grant is a program designed to help both increase the quantity and quality of Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) grants from the state of Georgia. This program is funded through the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Federal and State Technology (FAST) Partnership Program.
Through the UGA FAST grant, Georgia-based businesses applying for SBIR/STTR grants will be granted monetary assistance to employ a grant writing consultant to assist with their SBIR/STTR application to generate a more competitive grant.
In addition, UGA will be conducting outreach to the following locations and partner institutions to raise awareness for the SBIR/STTR program:
- Tifton (UGA Tifton, Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College)
- Griffin (UGA Griffin)
- Savannah (Savannah State University, Skidaway Institute of Oceanography)
- Fort Valley (Fort Valley State University)
- Albany (Albany State University)
This program is open to any Georgia-based small business that meets the following requirements:
- Prior attendance to the SBIR Road Show at UGA (held virtually) or attendance to any of the SBIR training events.
- Proof of Concept funding. This can include GRA Phase 1, UGA KickStart, NSF I-Corps Teams, etc.
- Potential for job creation in Georgia. Are they incorporated or primary business location is in Georgia. DE incorporation is fine.
Ability to pay a minimum $1000 upfront cost to the grant consultant and agree to provide the % success fee to the grant consultant upon successful grant award, if applicable.
Preference will be given to:
- Small Businesses with prior unsuccessful SBIR/STTR applications
The small business must also be SBIR/STTR eligible; please see the official SBIR.gov FAQ for more info.
If you have any questions on the FAST program, the SBIR/STTR program, or whether your company/idea would be a good fit for the program, please reach out to Kevin Wu to set up a time to meet.
The UGA FAST program is funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration.