SBA Awards Federal and State Technology (FAST) Grant To Connecticut Innovations/CTNext

Rocky Hill, CT (September 6, 2019) – The U.S. Small Business Administration named Connecticut’s Connecticut Innovations and CTNext as one of 24 winners of 2019 Federal and State Technology (FAST) grants. FAST’s objective is to improve outcomes for underrepresented entrepreneurs in SBA’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Programs, and to increase participation for women-owned, rural-based, and socially and economically disadvantaged firms.

CTNext will administer the $120,000 grant, using it to partially fund its SBIR Acceleration and Commercialization Program, which provides counseling and support to help Connecticut startup companies qualify for SBIR/STTR research and technology transfer funding.

“CTNext assists companies and entrepreneurs in numerous ways as part of our mission to strengthen Connecticut’s innovation ecosystem,” said Glendowlyn Thames, CTNext Executive Director. “Our SBIR/STTR program plays a critical role in helping small companies transform ideas and research into viable commercial products, and we’re delighted the Small Business Administration recognized the value of our work.”

Connecticut startup companies that need to find funding for technological research and development leading to commercialization should:

  • Visit and get some basic information about the programs; take their basics tutorial here:
  • Contact CTNext and find out how it can help you research and prepare the complex SBIR/STTR application. Read about their resources in the “How It Works” page here. For more information, contact Johnna Scott, SBIR/STTR program coordinator at, or call (860) 258-7807.

On October 2nd and 3rd, CTNext is offering an intensive, two-day SBIR/STTR workshop focused on proposal development for the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation. For more information and to register for a workshop, visit

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Tom Bradley, CTNext, 860/258-7875,


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