Getting Started

Getting Started in the SBIR/STTR Program

  1. Take the time to think through your idea. Identify the problem and clearly articulate your solution.
  2. Why is your idea the best solution? Gain knowledge on the state-of-the-art technologies and do a thorough current literature review.
  3. Develop a one-page executive summary of your idea, market opportunity, approach, IP status, company, and team.
  4. Learn about the federal program; see topics under Federal SBIR/STTR Program overview.
  5. Determine your company's fit in the program and confirm eligibility.
  6. Identify the best federal agency match for your idea. Visit the individual agency websites to familiarize yourself with the individual agency's goals and topic areas. Browse through the agency solicitations (open and closed) for the topics most closely associated with your idea.
  7. Confirm that the agency is interested in your idea and contact the agency's Program Manager.
  8. Assemble your research team. Identify knowledge and technical gaps. Talk to other researchers.
  9. Identify the Phase I technical objectives.
  10. Begin required agency-specific registrations.


Need help? Contact Us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to Learn About Resources Available Including:

  • Help on matching your idea with agency and topic
  • One-on-one consultation with the Kentucky SBIR/STTR Resource Center team
  • Attending Kentucky SBIR/STTR clinics, workshops, and conferences
  • Applying for a Kentucky Phase Zero and/or Phase Double Zero grant
  • Attending Kentucky SBIR/STTR networking events
  • Identifying a technical expert for your idea.