The University of Louisville is always interested in assisting our industry partners in applying for SBIR/STTR grants. We’re happy to discuss any special considerations UofL may have for industry partnerships based on these programs, as well as to discuss our available resources.

UofL has many advanced and innovative centers and institutes available for SBIR and STTR partnering, including our Center for Predictive Medicine and James Graham Brown Cancer Center.

A partial list of these centers is available here.


The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs are competitive funding programs administered by the federal government for stimulating technological innovation in the small business community.

The SBIR and STTR programs provide a dynamic opportunity for small businesses to partner with colleges and universities. Indeed, the University of Louisville has a rich tradition of working with SBIR and STTR awardees.

For a quick look at some of the ways Kentucky supports its SBIR/STTR applicants, please visit the following page: Kentucky SBIR/STTR Matching Funds Program

The Commonwealth of Kentucky has implemented a program to match both Phase I and Phase II federal SBIR and STTR awards to Kentucky high-tech small businesses. SBIR/STTR awardees from Kentucky (or who are willing to relocate to Kentucky) can apply.

Kentucky SBIR/STTR Phase Zero and Double Zero Grant Program (PZ/DZ)

The program goal of PZ/DZ is to assist Kentucky's new and existing small businesses with the preparation of high-quality, competitive SBIR and STTR proposals—Phase Zero for preparation of Phase I proposals; Phase Double Zero for preparation of Phase II proposals.

For more information about common questions and potential concerns when dealing with universities on projects involving Federal funds, please see UIDP’s Federal Flow-Down Project Reference Guide (PDF).

AWARE: ACCESS:  The program is funded through a National Science Foundation grant, and is a Midwest-region partnership between UofL and Indiana University. The goal is to help women and underrepresented entrepreneurs submit more competitive applications for SBIR and STTR grant funding.  Visit our AWARE: ACCESS web page.