Kentucky SBIR/STTR Matching Funds

The KY SBIR/STTR Matching Funds Program is funded by the Cabinet for Economic Development (CED), Office of Entrepreneurship and is administered by The Kentucky Science and Technology Corporation (KSTC) under a contract with the CED. 

Program Goals
 Increase R&D intensity under Phase I, making Kentucky small businesses more competitive in Phase II
 Allow continued technology and business development during gaps between the Federal Phase I and Phase II awards
 Provide additional funding to advance and develop technology for early entry into the marketplace
 The matching funds are to be used for new and additional work tasks that are complementary to the existing Federal SBIR/STTR award

Eligibility & Requirements
Must be awarded SBIR/STTR Phase I or Phase II from participating federal agencies.Companies with: 
 A current Federal Phase I may be eligible to apply for matching funds up to $150,000
 A current Federal Phase II may be eligible to apply for matching funds up to $500,000 per year for up to two years. (subject to restrictions)
 At least 51% of the grant effort must be performed in Kentucky
 Must be a Kentucky-based company, with 51% or more of both property and payroll in Kentucky. Out-of-state companies may apply, but must relocate

Not Currently a Kentucky-based Company?
Companies willing to move to Kentucky may apply and receive a KY Matching Funds grants. However, the distribution of funds for out-of-state applicants is contingent upon meeting all the requirements within the guidelines, including:
 Relocating your business to the state of Kentucky within 90 days of the date on the KY SBIR/STTR Matching Funds Grant Agreement
 Maintaining the Kentucky-based status for a minimum of five years after receipt of the final disbursement of funds
 At least 51% of the Matching Funds grant amount must be spent in Kentucky.

Solicitation Schedule
Kentucky SBIR/STTR Matching Funds Solicitations are on a semi-annual (twice yearly) basis, currently in September and March. The available funding for each round will be determined by the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development. The selection process is competitive and does include an external panel review.

Solicitation Round 33 - March 2017: The KY SBIR/STTR Matching Funds Program is accepting applications for Solicitation Round 33 as of March 1, 2017. The deadline to submit an application is March 31, 2017 at 4:00 PM EST. All new applicants are required to register and take the eligibility test, please see option 'A' under "Helpful Links" below.

*Before initiating an application, be sure that your company is current with required reporting and deliverables for all KSTC-managed programs.

Questions & More Info
Please click here to sign up for the latest news and updates; be sure to check the box for "SBIR/STTR Matching Funds" and also consider checking an "SBIR Connect" box to receive information about KSEF's free monthly "SBIR Connect Meetings" in Lexington, Louisville and Covington, KY. Questions about SBIR/STTR?

Helpful Links: Click the Letter to Access Each Item

Questions? Contact Ken Ronald and Kenzie Dickens via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
New applicant registration, eligibility test, program guidelines, form templates, and reporting for awardees - 
Our Team and KSTC
Our Office - location, driving directions, and parking details
Award searchable database - by company, grant, keywords, point of contact
Award summary list - focus area, federal agency, phase, matching grant amount
The Kentucky SBIR/STTR Resource Center -

Forms and Templates: Click the Number to Access Each Item

Executive Summary Template
Invoice Personnel Cover Sheet
Invoice Non-personnel Cover Sheet
Budget Modification Delta Form

Need Help?

Book a conference call with KSEF Executive Director, 
Dr. Maria Labreveux.

KSEF office hours 8:30 AM-5:00 PM Monday-Friday

News and Events

SBIR/STTR Commercialization Clinic
February 12 - Tuesday
8:30 AM-5:00 PM at the University of Kentucky with Lenka Fedorkova
Event Details    Register
SBIR/STTR Phase Zero/Double Zero Deadline
January 29 - Monday 10:00 AM ET
Application deadline to KSEF, for Federal due dates starting April 2018.
 SBIR Connect-Covington
 February 7 - Wednesday, 4:00-6:00 PM
(site TBA) Covington, KY
 SBIR Connect-Louisville
 February 8 - Thursday, 4:00-6:00 PM
August Moon Bistro, 2269 Lexington Road, Louisville, KY 40206
 SBIR Connect-Lexington
 February 13 - Tuesday, 4:00-6:00 PM
(site TBA) Lexington, KY
SBIR/STTR Phase Zero/Double Zero Deadline
February 26 - Monday 10:00 AM ET
Application deadline to KSEF, for Federal due dates starting May 2018.
SBIR/STTR Phase Zero/Double Zero Deadline
March 26 - Monday 10:00 AM ET
Application deadline to KSEF, for Federal due dates starting June 2018.