An exclusive SSTI analysis reveals that for the 10-year period from 2009 to 2018, two federal agencies were the top contributors to SBIR/STTR spending in every state and the District of Columbia. The Department of Defense (DoD) accounted for the greatest SBIR/STTR spending in 29 states while the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) was the greatest funder in 22 states. This trend remains the same when including 2019 award data, although it is important to note that as of the writing of this article, DoD’s complete 2019 SBIR/STTR data was not available.
As seen in the interactive chart below, DoD and HHS provide a significant proportion of all the annual SBIR/STTR awards made in most states. This is not surprising since they are the largest federal agency participants in the programs. However, examining the agency SBIR/STTR spending concentrations in states within single years shows that these two agencies are not exclusively the largest sources of individual awards in all years. The data reveals the uniformity or complexity within certain states’ innovation system dynamics as well; several states experience very little annual change in the distribution of agency SBIR/STTR awards, while other states’ trends reveal much greater variability.
For details: https://ssti.org/blog/useful-stats-agency-sbirsttr-awards-state-2009-2019