Kentucky SBIR/STTR Program Overview

The 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, clinics, conferences, 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.

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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.


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 SBIR Connect-Covington, SBIR Connect-Lexington, or SBIR Connect-Louisville.

SBIR Connect-Covington meets the first Wednesday of each month, 4:00-6:00 PM. 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