SBA seeks support for regional innovation clusters

On April 22, the Small Business Administration (SBA) posted a sources sought notice for innovative small businesses to support regional innovation clusters. Responses are due by 4:00 p.m. Eastern on May 2.

SBA’s Office of Investment and Innovation (OII) is seeking qualified contractors to provide a work force possessing the skills, knowledge, and training to satisfactorily perform the services required to support the SBA OII’s efforts to create new Regional Cluster Projects in support of the RIC Initiative. These clusters will assist businesses in matching innovative technology to industry needs and increase the number of innovative small businesses and entrepreneurs in the nation’s supply chain.

Interested vendors shall propose their target industry and geographic location for the RIC efforts in their proposal. While SBA does not require specific industries to be served through the RIC Initiative, industries of interest align with the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy’s critical and emerging technology areas including:

  • Advanced Computing
  • Advanced Engineering Material
  • Advanced Gas Turbine Engine Technologies
  • Advanced and Networked Sensing and Signature Management
  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Biotechnologies
  • Clean Energy Generation and Storage
  • Data Privacy, Data Security, and Cybersecurity Technologies
  • Directed Energy
  • Electric vehicles and the automotive supply chain
  • Highly Automated, Autonomous, and Uncrewed Systems, and Robotics
  • Human-Machine Interfaces
  • Hypersonics
  • Integrated Communication and Networking Technologies
  • Positioning, Navigation, and Timing Technologies
  • Quantum Information and Enabling Technologies
  • Semiconductors and Microelectronics
  • Space Technologies and Systems


These clusters will involve public-private partnerships that align federal, state, and local resources with regional strengths to catalyze technology innovation and economic growth opportunities in communities both within the region and beyond. Federal resources include funding and support direct to small businesses and those that encourage the development of innovation and entrepreneur ecosystems.

Review the full SBA OII Regional Innovation Clusters sources sought.

Source: SAM

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