Kentucky SBIR/STTR Program Overview

KSEF logo classicThe Kentucky Science and Engineering Foundation (KSEF) offers SBIR/STTR assistance to Kentucky-based R&D businesses in the development of Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) proposals. This includes help at each of the three phases of SBIR/STTR. KSEF also partners with other organizations to sponsor events including: Phase I and Phase II SBIR/STTR workshops, our Kentucky SBIR/STTR Annual Conference, and training and networking opportunities. We help prepare Kentucky innovators, entrepreneurs, and technology-oriented small businesses (i.e. 500 or fewer people) and their Kentucky-based companies for success in the highly competitive SBIR/STTR grant programs. Meet our team. For SBIR questions and help, contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

The Federal SBIR and STTR programs provide grant money to small startup businesses to develop products, technologies, or services that solve pressing problems in agriculture, defense, education, energy, transportation, the environment, space exploration, health, and other areas. SBIR and STTR are designed for high-risk, untested innovations -- not for conventional enterprises such as retail or service, or for technology companies with proven ideas. These Federal grants allow businesses to conduct feasibility studies in Phase I (up to $150,000), the development of a prototype in Phase II (up to $1,000,000), and eventual commercialization in Phase III using non-federal dollars.

KENTUCKY SBIR/STTR PHASE ZERO PROGRAM -- SBIR/STTR Phase Zero grants assist Kentucky-based new and existing small businesses, and Kentucky's college and university faculty, with the preparation of high-quality, competitive Phase I proposals for submission to participating Federal SBIR and Federal STTR programs. This program provides grants up to $4,000 to each successful applicant company. Click here to read more; click here for the searchable database of these award winners.

KENTUCKY SBIR/STTR PHASE DOUBLE ZERO PROGRAM -- Similar to the Phase Zero, SBIR/STTR Phase Double Zero grants assist Kentucky applicants with the preparation of high-quality, competitive Phase II, Direct Phase II, and Fast Track proposals for submission to participating Federal SBIR and Federal STTR programs. This program provides up to $4,000 to each successful applicant company. Click here to read more; click here for the searchable database of these award winners.

KENTUCKY SBIR/STTR MATCHING FUNDS PROGRAM -- Kentucky can double your Federal SBIR/STTR award with a dollar-for-dollar grant to the Federal Phase I or Phase II SBIR/STTR award. Funds may be used for additional technical tasks or to support tasks that are allowable under the federal award (e.g. IP, market research, business development). KSTC administers the Kentucky SBIR/STTR Matching Funds Grant Program, which is funded by the Cabinet for Economic Development (CED) and the Office of Entrepreneurship (OOE). The competitive grant program provides matching grants, dollar-for-dollar, up to $150,000 for Phase I, and up to $500,000 per year (but for no more than two years) for Phase II SBIR/STTR grants from any of the participating federal agencies. Click here to read more; click here for the searchable database of these award winners.

Our Funded Companies

Our Kentucky SBIR and STTR award winners are from all across the Commonwealth and in all areas of the SBIR/STTR Program. Click here for our funded companies' descriptions, websites, and more.

SBIR/STTR Connect

Join us for the SBIR/STTR Connect monthly events. These networking events are free and open to the public and include Q&A, newtorking, and the latest news on SBIR/STTR to help improve and expand your knowledge, understanding, and involvement - whether you are an experienced awardee or are new to SBIR/STTR.

Please click here to SIGN UP so we can arrange for appetizers, and also provide you with site-specific topic and location details. Be sure to designate your site preference for either SBIR Connect-Lexington or SBIR Connect-Louisville.

SBIR Connect-Lexington meets the second Tuesday of each month, 4:00-6:00 PM. SBIR Connect-Louisville meets the second Thursday of each month, 4:00-6:00 PM. Check "News and Events for the latest location details for each meeting.

Federal SBIR/STTR Quick Links

Business Start-up and Registration

News and Events

AUG 13 - EVENT: SBIR Connect-Louisville
4:00-6:00 PM - at I-Hub, 204 South Floyd Street, Louisville. Open to the public. Free.

AUG 20 - EVENT: SBIR Connect-Lexington
4:00-6:00 PM - at Commerce Lexington, Conference Room, 330 East Main Street, Lexington, KY 40507. Open to the public. Free.

AUG 26 - DEADLINE: 10AM
Phase Zero and Phase Double Zero application deadline 10:00 AM to KSEF, for Federal due dates starting September 2015.

SEPT 16 and 17 - EVENT: Workshop
Two-day SBIR/STTR intensive writing workshop.

SEPT 28 - DEADLINE: 10AM
Phase Zero and Phase Double Zero application deadline 10:00 AM to KSEF, for Federal due dates starting October 2015.