Kentucky SBIR/STTR Matching Funds Program

About The Kentucky SBIR/STTR Matching Funds Program

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).

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.
At least 51% of the grant effort must be performed in Kentucky.

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 CURRENTLY OPEN March 2017
The KY SBIR/STTR Matching Funds Program is currently 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.

SBIR/STTR Kentucky Matching Funds Webinars

KSTC hosts training webinars for those interested in the KY SBIR/STTR Matching Funds Program.  

Register
 for March 8, 2017 -- Wed at 2:00 PM --Event CLOSED, please check back for future webinars.
Register for March 10, 2017 -- Friday at 2:00 PM --Event CLOSED, please check back for future webinars.

Registration is required to attend and space is limited for each webinar, so RSVP to reserve your spot. To register, click on the time/date that you wish to attend and complete the online registration form. Instructions for how to join the webinar will be provided to you via email after your registration is complete. Be sure to KEEP THE REGISTRATION EMAIL; you will need it to join the webinar. Your registration reserves one connection to the online webinar system; you may invite as many people as you like to attend at your location.


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"SBIR Connect" box to receive information about local monthly "SBIR Connect Meetings" in Lexington and Louisville. Questions about SBIR/STTR? Contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Helpful Links:
Click the Letter to Access Each Item

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 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 - http://www.kysbirmatchfunds.com/login.aspx 
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 - www.kysbir.com

 

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

 



News and Events

SBIR ROAD TOUR IN LEXINGTON
July 21 - Friday 8:00AM-4:00PM ET
Event Page
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"Valuation of University Startups: How Much is Your Company Worth?"
May 23 - 1:00-2:00 PM ET
Webinar organized by the National Council of Entrepreneurial Tech Transfer (NCET2); free but registration required (click here)

SBIR Connect-Louisville
June 8 - Thursday 4:00-6:00 PM ET
August  Moon Bistro, 2269 Lexington Road, Louisville, KY 40206

SBIR Connect-Lexington
June 13 - Tuesday 4:00-6:00 PM ET
Chatham's Restaurant, 496 East High Street, Lexington, KY 40507

SBIR/STTR PZ and DZ Deadline
June 26 - Monday 10:00 AM ET
Application deadline to KSEF, for Federal due dates starting September 2017.

SBIR Connect-Lexington
July 11 - Tuesday 4:00-6:00 PM ET
Chatham's Restaurant, 496 East High Street, Lexington, KY 40507

SBIR Connect-Louisville
July 13 - Thursday 4:00-6:00 PM ET
August  Moon Bistro, 2269 Lexington Road, Louisville, KY 40206

SBIR/STTR PZ and DZ Deadline
July 24 - Monday 10:00 AM ET
Application deadline to KSEF, for Federal due dates starting October 2017.

SBIR Connect-Lexington
August 8 - Tuesday 4:00-6:00 PM ET
Chatham's Restaurant, 496 East High Street, Lexington, KY 40507

SBIR Connect-Louisville
August 10 - Thursday 4:00-6:00 PM ET
August  Moon Bistro, 2269 Lexington Road, Louisville, KY 40206

SBIR/STTR PZ and DZ Deadline
August 28 - Monday 10:00 AM ET
Application deadline to KSEF, for Federal due dates starting November 2017.

SBIR Connect-Lexington
September 12 - Tuesday 4:00-6:00 PM ET
Chatham's Restaurant, 496 East High Street, Lexington, KY 40507

SBIR Connect-Louisville
September 14 - Thursday 4:00-6:00 PM ET
August  Moon Bistro, 2269 Lexington Road, Louisville, KY 40206

SBIR/STTR PZ and DZ Deadline
September 25 - Monday 10:00 AM ET
Application deadline to KSEF, for Federal due dates starting December 2017.