SBIR/STTR is a unique and comprehensive program assists companies seeking Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) grants and matches many of those awards dollar-for-dollar.

SBIR/STTR, known as “America’s Seed Fund,” provides non-dilutive capital for small businesses to conduct research and development on innovations with potential for commercialization. Awarded companies hone technological breakthroughs that meet the R&D needs of federal departments ranging from NASA to the United States Department of Agriculture, while being incentivized to profit from product commercialization.

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Kentucky Innovation Investment Program (KIIP)

Entrepreneurs who have some of the most amazing and technologically advanced business ideas often need assistance getting their company on solid footing and their product to market.

That’s why the Kentucky Innovation Investment Program (KIIP) was created.

KIIP exists to help those entrepreneurs and new companies land the highly competitive and prestigious SBIR/STTR federal grants, which may be matched with state funds. Assistance comes in the form of outreach, recruitment, analysis, expert grant writing services and post-grant management assistance.

KIIP’s Three Primary Objectives:
  • Align SBIR/STTR opportunities with economic and tech development needs.
  • Develop more competitive SBIR/STTR proposals to maximize the probability of receiving funding.
  • Provide supplemental support for SBIR/STTR-funded companies. A dedicated KIIP fund will build over the next five years along with the growing number of funded companies.

In addition to continuing to provide opportunities for SBIR/STTR companies to learn and network both faceto-face and digitally, KIIP provides candidate companies with access to expert consulting services. Kentucky will continue its commitment to provide competitive matching funds for successful SBIR/STTR applicants in Phases I and II.

Consulting Services

Kentucky also offers a wide range of professional services to qualified companies. Those services include:

  • Technology assessment
  • Preparing comprehensive strategic non-dilutive funding plans that align them with SBIR/STTR opportunities that meet their economic and technology development needs
  • Determining whether multiple agency applications are warranted, increasing chances of funding
  • Assistance in developing competitive SBIR/STTR proposals to maximize probability of securing funding
  • Accounting, compliance and grants management support for SBIR/STTR-funded companies
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SBIR/STTR Matching Funds

Application Window Open April 1 – May 27, 2020

The Kentucky SBIR/STTR Matching Funds Award Program is designed to award matching funds to for-profit, Kentucky based companies that have been granted Federal Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) or Federal Small Business Technology Transfer Program (STTR) grants.

KY Innovation opens two KY SBIR/STTR Matching Funds Award Program solicitations per year. These rounds usually open in March and September, and the window to submit solicitations is approximately 8 weeks. This page will be updated when the solicitation window opens. Information about the program is included in the guidelines below. When solicitation periods are open, a link with the program application and instructions on how to apply will be available.

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Kentucky leads the way in supporting SBIR/STTR awardees. The Commonwealth will match, on a competitive basis, Phase 1 and Phase 2 federal awards received by Kentucky high-tech small businesses and those willing to become Kentucky-based businesses. Since its inception in 2006, the matching program has contributed to:

  • 665 jobs created
  • 22 licensing agreements executed
  • 208 patents filed
  • 42 out-of-state companies moved to KY
  • $46.3 million in federal grants awarded from six agencies

The program has been a win-win for companies and the state, with $1.84 in federal awards leveraged for every $1 awarded in state matching funds.

KIIP micro-Grant

The Kentucky Innovation Investment Program (KIIP) micro-Grant provides financial assistance for SBIR/STTR activities that help companies explore new markets, identify new opportunities, and strengthen competitive SBIR/STTR submissions.

2020 application coming soon!


SBIR Connect monthly meetings are free and open to the public. The meetings are intended for networking, latest updates on SBIR/STTR programs, and include a Q&A. Whether you are new to SBIR/STTR or an experienced awardee, the meetings are to help expand your knowledge and improve involvement within the program.

SBIR Unplugged


March 19, 2020
4:00pm – 6:00pm EST

833 Chevy Chase Pl,
Lexington, KY 40502
Meetings are intended for networking, latest SBIR/STTR program updates, and Q&A. Whether you are new to SBIR/STTR or an experienced awardee, the meetings are to help expand your knowledge and improve involvement within the program.

SBIR 101 and Program Updates


March 19, 2020
11:00am – 12:00pm EST
Hosted by KYPTAC
An overview of the Federal SBIR/STTR (Small Business Innovative Research/Small Business Technology Transfer)Program. The program provides R&D funding to small innovative businesses through 11 federal agencies. Over $2 billion in high-risk, non-dilutive capital is awarded through SBIR/STTR grants annually. Join us to find out more about the details and requirements of the program and if it would be a good fit to grow your small business.

Funding Innovation Research: SBIR 101 Seminar


March 23, 2020
2:00pm – 3:00pm EST
Story Louisville
900 E Main St.
Louisville, KY 40206
KY Innovation and KYPTAC are partnering to provide an SBIR/STTR 101 seminar to introduce the program to potential individuals and companies that may have an interest in the program and would like to learn more. This presentation is designed for those new to SBIR/STTR and those unfamiliar with the program, but may be seeking funding opportunities for innovative research. The seminar will be held in different cities across the state, each month.

UK Entrepreneur Showcase & Patent Palooza


March 24, 2020
2:30am – 3:30pm EST
UK Gatton Studen Center
The UK Entrepreneur Showcase provides an opportunity for alumni entrepreneurs, student researchers and, UK innovators to showcase their entrepreneurial experiences, technologies, and/or startups, and make connections. After the Showcase, there will be a reception leading into Patent Palooza!, which celebrates UK innovators.
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