Accelerating Research Commercialization - ARC WA

What is ARC WA?

Founded in 2022, the Accelerating Research and Commercialization – Washington (ARC WA) program serves early-stage firms developing novel innovative products or technology who are seeking federal research and development funding through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs.

As the state’s first centralized support system for companies pursuing SBIR/STTR awards, the program serves small businesses statewide with an emphasis on women-owned, rural-based, and socially or economically disadvantaged small businesses pursuing research and innovation activities throughout the state’s 39 counties.

ARC WA also serves as an important resource for entrepreneurial support organizations, sharing resources, events, solicitations, legislative actions and other information relevant to driving SBIR/STTR outcomes.

The goals of the ARC WA program are to:

  • Increase the number of Phase I SBIR/STTR awards in WA
  • Provide train the trainer to resource partners across the state
  • Provide on line and in person training to entrepreneurs to learn about SBIR
  • Provide resource links for innovators
  • Increase technical assistance funding matches for SBIR applicants

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What is SBIR?

Unlike traditional venture capital, SBIR/STTR funds are non-dilutive, so participants retain full company ownership, including the rights to intellectual property.

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This program is made possible by a 2022 Small Business Administration (SBA) Federal and State Technology Partnership (FAST) grant and is a partnership between Life Science Washington Institute and the Washington State PTAC/APEX program.
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Life Science Washington Institute


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