Available Kentucky SBIR/STTR Assistance

SBIR/STTR assistance from the Kentucky SBIR/STTR Resource Center can be obtained anywhere in the application process. However, we encourage you to involve the Kentucky SBIR/STTR Resource Center team This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (859.246.3251) from the very early stages to advance your proposal's potential success. The Kentucky SBIR/STTR Resource Center is interested in increasing the number of high quality proposals that are likely to result in successful attraction of federal funding to the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

TOPIC MATCHING

It can be very difficult to search through the thousands of SBIR/STTR topics and interest areas published by the participating agencies. The SBIR/STTR programs are solicited programs with each agency having its own specific needs and requirements. Contract Agencies typically solicit very specific topics that require closely-targeted proposals whereas Grant Agencies describe broader areas of interest, and those topics are flexible, as long as they match up with an area of interest with their organization (see Differences chart located on the Overview page).

Identifying the topics and agencies that might be of interest to you are tasks that should be accomplished over a period of time. Searching the closed solicitations (e.g. www.zyn.com) will provide a glance at the agencies that are investing within your technology area.

We recommend that you experiment with the SBIR/STTR search engine www.sbir.gov to better prepare yourself for an upcoming open solicitation. Once you find an agency that has a technology area or topic match, note the solicitation timeline and begin preparing for your submission.

COMPETITION TIPS - UNDERSTANDING OBJECTIVES VERSUS TASKS

Draft proposals that we review frequently confuse the concept of "objectives" or "aims" with work plan "tasks". This usually results in a proposal that lacks a high level of coherence, and does not present a logical and convincing story. Clarity about the concepts of "objectives" and "tasks" is key to preparing a high quality proposal.

Objectives are the end points envisioned for the proposed project. Objectives might be the development of a specified measurement capability that meets a prescribed accuracy, data rate, instrument packaging characteristics (size, weight, etc.), and other possible requirements. Objectives are desired end points for the proposed project. Analogies for objectives would be the goal line in a football game, and the mountain peak a climber plans to ascend.

Objectives are either achieved or not. Objectives are not performed or carried out, and do not yield results or data; those descriptions apply to the domain of "tasks" in a work plan.

Tasks in a work or research plan are the steps taken to achieve the stated objectives for the project. They are, for example, a sequence of experiments, analyses, field trials, etc., that together lead to attainment of the project "objectives." In the football game analogy, the tasks are a sequence of plays that culminate in getting the ball over the goal ("objective") line. To the mountain climber, the tasks are a series of actions (hiking up trails, crossing streams, climbing rocks, etc.) that bring the climber to the targeted mountain peak.

Understand clearly the distinction between objectives and tasks, and prepare the proposal accordingly. Doing so will help prepare a more convincing and compelling proposal story.

PLAN REVIEW

A helpful resource: The Kentucky Small Business Development Centers (KSBDC) conduct personalized counseling, either one-on-one or by telephone, to high-tech small business clients interested in pursuing SBIR/STTR funding. KSBDC counselors can direct the businesses to Kentucky SBIR for the funding pursuit, the technology match with the topic, and the qualifications of the team. The review will also assist in determining the level of support needed to proceed.