Alaska Federal And State Technology Partnership Program

What is Alaska FAST?fast_logo

Alaska FAST is a free program created to increase the number of America’s Seed Fund SBIR/STTR awards for women, socially/economically disadvantaged individuals, and small businesses in Alaska.

Free to the community, Alaska Fast is Center ICE’s one-stop-shop to prepare for, write, and win an SBIR/STTR grant. Our services include: 

  1. Agency and topic navigation
  2. Proposal-writing training, guidance and review
  3. Mentorship and networking opportunities 
  4. SBIR 101 virtual
  5. SBIR Accelerator virtual 
  6. In person workshops
  7. TREND Phase 0 with AK SBDC

Not sure where you are in that process? Don’t worry! We’re here to help. Join our Alaska FAST newsletter or email Evelyn Jacome at for more information. 

What are SBIR and STTRs?

The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer Research (STTR) grants enable small businesses to explore their technological potential and provide the incentive to profit from its commercialization. By including small businesses in the nation's research and development, the United States enhances its technological competitiveness in the worldwide marketplace.

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Central to the STTR program is the partnership between small business and nonprofit research institutions. The STTR program requires the small business to formally collaborate with a research institution in Phase I and Phase II. STTR's most important role is to bridge the gap between performance of basic science and commercialization of resulting innovations. 

As of November 2021, agencies may issue a Phase I award (including modifications) up to $275,766 and a Phase II award (including modifications) up to $1,838,436 without seeking SBA approval.

Each Federal agency administers its own SBIR/STTR program within guidelines established by Congress. These agencies designate R&D topics in their solicitations and accept proposals from small businesses. Awards are made on a competitive basis after proposal evaluation.

Who is eligible for an SBIR/STTR?

All small businesses and communities in Alaska are eligible for SBIR/STTR grants as well as free assistance from the Alaska FAST team. Email for more information. 

When should you reach out to Alaska FAST for assistance?

The short answer: right away. The team at Alaska Center ICE are experts in facilitating the identification and acquisition of SBIR/STTR grant funding. 

What’s the easiest way to get assistance from Alaska FAST?

Book a 30-minute discussion with Evelyn Jacome here via Calendly.

What are The Three Phases of SBIR/STTR grants? 

Phase I

The objective of Phase I is to establish the technical merit, feasibility, and commercial potential of the proposed R/R&D efforts and to determine the quality of performance of the small business awardee organization prior to providing further Federal support in Phase II. SBIR/STTR Phase I awards are generally $50,000 - $250,000 for 6 months (SBIR) or 1 year (STTR).

Phase II

The objective of Phase II is to continue the R/R&D efforts initiated in Phase I. Funding is based on the results achieved in Phase I and the scientific and technical merit and commercial potential of the project proposed in Phase II. Typically, only Phase I awardees are eligible for a Phase II award. SBIR/STTR Phase II awards are generally $750,000 for 2 years.

Phase III

The objective of Phase III, where appropriate, is for the small business to pursue commercialization objectives resulting from the Phase I/II R/R&D activities. The SBIR/STTR programs do not fund Phase III. At some Federal agencies, Phase III may involve follow-on non-SBIR/STTR funded R&D or production contracts for products, processes or services intended for use by the U.S. Government.

Looking for more information and resources to support your innovation?

All small businesses and communities in Alaska are eligible for SBIR/STTR grants as well as free assistance from the Alaska FAST team. Email for more information.