U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) - SBIR-STTR America's Seed Fund
07/02/21 4:00 EDT
Grants to USA individuals, for-profits, and nonprofit organizations to support small businesses. Funding is intended to support STEM entrepreneurs and build partnerships to reach underserved communities. Applicants must actively seek to serve individuals from underserved and diverse communities, including, but not limited to women entrepreneurs, minority entrepreneurs, or other target entrepreneurs identified by applicants (ie. rural, veterans, individuals with disabilities, etc.).
The SBA seeks proposals from the nation’s innovation-focused entrepreneur support organizations (ESOs) that outline programs to speed the launch, growth, and scale of deep-tech small businesses across the country. Applicants should submit a 12-slide deck and a 90-second video, addressing the relevant elements of one of the following tracks:
The COVID-19 pandemic has presented numerous obstacles, including for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) entrepreneurs who disproportionately drive the creation of jobs and contribute towards economic recovery. By addressing the capital gap many ESOs face, SBA’s prizes will assist critical activities around the country – new collaborations, targeted programs, and support services for early-stage startups to increase the likelihood of STEM/R&D entrepreneurs to not only take off, but de-risk their work for follow-on investors.
More about the Tracks can be found at https://www.sbir.gov/sites/default/files/2021%20GAFC-SBIR%20Catalyst%20Prize%20Competition%20Guidelines_%20Final.pdf#page=4.
GrantWatch ID#: 196639
Eighty-four (84) prizes for accelerator or incubator programs, and seven (7) prizes to launch regional collaborations
Track 1 Growth Accelerator Fund Competition (GAFC) - Prizes of $50,000
Track 2 SBIR Catalyst—Prizes of $150,000
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
- Growth Accelerator Fund Competition Track: https://sbir.wufoo.com/forms/s7z70oy08787jq/
- SBIR Catalyst Track: https://sbir.wufoo.com/forms/s105aqy3088b2je/
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